This is a super, super important blog. I have recently found out that by saving up my baby food pouches (Ella’s Kitchen etc), I can send them along to a charity called Count The Kicks for them to recycle. They are able to raise money from this recycling which goes straight back in to their hard work spreading awareness. If you are pregnant I urge you to look at their website – Awareness saves lives!
Count The Kicks aims to empower mums-to-be with knowledge throughout their pregnancy. This charity was set up by Sophia Wyatt in 2009 following the devastating stillbirth of her daughter Chloe. Sophia had experienced reduced movement during her pregnancy. This is a cause that is very important to me – I had recurrent reduced movement with Austin which eventually led to me being induced early at 36 weeks. I’m so thankful that he arrived 5 days later alive and well, but for some other mums this isn’t the case.
A baby’s movement indicates it’s wellbeing and by understanding their baby, mums can be empowered to trust their instincts and ensure the healthy delivery of their baby.
The UK has the second worst stillbirth rate in the developed world and currently more babies die in the womb or first week of life than they do from Cot death, road deaths and meningitis combined. While there isn’t one solution to reducing stillbirth, a decrease in fetal movement is a key warning sign that the baby is struggling in the womb and early delivery could save nearly a third of stillborn babies. The Confidential Enquiry into Stillbirths and Deaths in Infancy found that lack of prompt management to reduced fetal movement was a contributing factor to stillbirth.
A similar campaign in Norway saw the rates of stillbirth drop by 33% and in the UK a similar awareness campaign in the 1980’s around cot death saw rates of sudden infant deaths fall by a massive 70%.
It is so important to support this cause – most of us recycle anyway, so how much harder is it to pop it in the post instead?!
Click HERE to find out exactly how simple it is to recycle for CTK. There are also other items you can recycle, such as used printer ink cartridges, biscuit wrappers etc. It’s so easy and you really can save lives.
I have been saving up my baby food pouches for the last 3 weeks and it’s amazing to see how many I’ve collected in that time. I’ve kept a large padded envelope in the utility room next to my normal recycling box. I pop all items for Count The Kicks in the envelope and each month I shall send it off to the correct place. I am able to post it – or even better I can drop it off to my local regional collector. This is a volunteer that accepts your items and recycles them on behalf of CTK. I used the map on the website and found out my closest one is a few roads away – it couldn’t be easier!
I’m looking forward to knowing that Austin’s rubbish could quite literally save the life of another baby.
Thanks for reading!