Healthy development at Pregnancy Twinning…

 

Pregnancy is all about new things slowly developing. We’re always developing the Pregnancy Twinning programme, led by your feedback and the needs on the ground in sub-Saharan Africa. We’re seeing more and more children born safely and HIV-free, and supporters in the UK able to be part of it. Here’s an update on how the gestation is going…

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We believe in facing the scary things in life together, and that connecting people can make a big difference. Since launching Pregnancy Twinning, we’ve tried to build stronger connections between families in the UK and Malawi – we’re pleased that we can now send UK mums two updates about their twins, before and after the birth.

We’d love the connection to go both ways, so that mums in Malawi can learn something about their twins in the UK too. We’re exploring some options. As a first baby step, we’ve created our Twinning Gallery – a photo album of UK twins which we’ll share with the mums in Malawi when we visit. They’ll be delighted to see your faces – do send us your photo if you’ve twinned a pregnancy already and would like to be part of the album!

Communication

Drum roll please… you may have noticed that we’ve built a brand new website! Check out the all-new www.pregnancytwinning.org

There’s lots of information about the programme, the needs in the communities where we operate, and a space to tell stories – from both Malawi and the UK. To be part of it, send us your pregnancy stories and a few words about why you chose to twin your pregnancy. Email rachel@pregnancytwinning.org

We’ve set up dedicated Facebook and Twitter accounts for Pregnancy Twinning too, to keep you in the loop with the latest developments, maternal health news and stories.

Choice

We listened to you (gratefully!) when you told us you loved the concept of Pregnancy Twinning and wanted to be able to join in even when you didn’t know anybody who was pregnant. That’s why we’ve developed the ‘Sponsor a pregnancy’ option, so that groups, workplaces, midwives and anybody else who wants to can support a woman through pregnancy, birth and beyond.

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Too many babies who’ve been supported through a safe birth, and have been born HIV-free, are still at risk of growing into malnourished infants. We want to see those babies become strong, healthy children, so we’re building a new nutrition aspect into the programme. We’ll let you know more about this very soon.

Meanwhile, our Pregnancy Twinning pilot in Sierra Leone is going well. It’s the world’s most dangerous place to give birth, really in need of effective antenatal support programmes. The Mother Buddies approach is a great way to reach women in remote, rural communities. Once all the systems have been tried and tested, we hope to be able to twin UK mums with women at risk in Sierra Leone.

Champions

Are you a champion? Well, you could be! We’ll soon have opportunities for people who want to use their time and talents to reach more people with the contagious Pregnancy Twinning idea. Becoming a Pregnancy Twinning Champion will be a fun, satisfying way to contribute to making birth safer around the world.

Volunteers have always been the lifeblood of Chasing Zero and Pregnancy Twinning. We’ll be posting other volunteering opportunities on our online pinboard as they arise – keep an eye on it.

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Thanks very much for your support / feedback / love as Pregnancy Twinning develops and grows. We think it’s now about the size of an avocado (pregnancy joke alert). In all seriousness, you’re helping us make an extraordinary difference to women, families and communities in Malawi. Just have a look at the evidence.

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