The meaning of philanthropy is “love of humanity” and there can be no greater need of this than in the troubled times we live in.
As a mother with a loving family, living in a free country with all the creature comforts such as food and a roof over my head, I know that I am incredibly blessed. There are many people who are not so fortunate and I feel it is important to give something back.
Current statistics estimate that 1 in 4 women suffer from some form of anxiety or depression during pregnancy or early motherhood. 75 percent of women admit they feel anxious during pregnancy. The main cause of maternal death in the UK after cardiovascular disease is suicide. Usually when the baby is 6-weeks-old. These are heart-wrenching statistics and ones that I am determined to change.
Through MamaBabyBliss, we support the vital work of the NHS by training staff in Mother & Baby Units across the UK. In 2014, I set up the MamaBabyBliss Charitable Foundation, which aims to support mothers and babies who would not have have access to the benefits of the therapies we offer or have unique needs. So far, we have raised funds to support a number of projects such as the creation of a bereavement suite at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham and creating a permanent space for mums and babies who are in the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust Mother & Baby Unit. You can find out more about our work on www.mamababybliss.com.
I have also set up a fundraising website called www.mamababygiving.com that will support global projects dedicated to prenatal, mother & baby wellbeing.