I had a lot of fear about childbirth from the moment I found out I was pregnant with Miss M. When the time finally came, I discovered that, unfortunately, my fears were not unfounded.
Her birth was a very long, traumatic ordeal with several touch-and-go moments. Right after she was born, she started having significant breathing problems and ended up being whisked to the NICU.
Now, because of the care she received during my labour and delivery, and in the NICU post-birth, she's a happy and healthy six year old.
Other mothers aren't so lucky though.
I recently learned about Cuso International, a charity that sends trained Canadian medical volunteers around the world to make pregnancy and delivery safer for moms with their Maternal Health program.