It is a special time when a woman carries and gives birth to her first child. This is also the time when she needs the most support from her family.
But around the world, not all mothers-to-be receive the love and support they need and deserve.
Thuy was three months into her pregnancy when the child’s father left her without any support.
Although she carried her baby to term, she lacked the resources to see a doctor during her pregnancy. Her baby was born premature with low birth weight, and Thuy also experienced complications from the pregnancy. Because she had insufficient food to nourish both herself and her developing child, Thuy was also unable to breastfeed her baby, and lacked money to buy formula.
Uncertain about how she would care for her child, Thuy felt despair and considered placing her newborn daughter for adoption. She was referred to Holt’s staff in Vietnam, who provided immediate support to cover food and formula. After receiving counseling from a Holt social worker, Thuy decided not to relinquish her child.
Today, Thuy and her daughter are thriving. Her daughter has received all of her immunizations, has four teeth, can sit steadily and crawl. Thuy receives parenting skills training from her Holt Vietnam social worker. And most of all, she feels strong and confident about her decision to parent her daughter.
This Mother’s Day, honor the mothers in your life by giving a Gift of Hope to help other mothers like Thuy care for their children — because every mother deserves to feel loved and supported at this most special time in her life.
FOUR WAYS TO GIVE HOPE AND SUPPORT TO A NEW MOM:
Your Gift of Hope will provide a safe and supportive environment environment for single mothers to carry their babies to term, as well as resources and vocational training to help them overcome prejudice and carry their babies to term.
Pre- and Post-natal Care
By providing pre- and post-natal care for an expectant mother, your Gift of Hope could save a life and ensure a healthy start for a child and mother.
Limited access to vaccinations and insufficient pre- and post-natal care kill millions of children each year. Providing vaccines to one child through a Gift of Hope will help a child grow healthy and strong!
Your Gift of Hope will provide infant care items such as formula, clothing, blankets and diapers — keeping both mom and baby healthy, and giving a child a bright and hopeful start in life.