We want to change the Portuguese NHS (National Health Service), raising awareness in hospitals about the importance of offering women who are going to give birth the option of immersion in water during labor. We decided to create this campaign to raise funds and buy a “Childbirth Pool KIT” to offer to an hospital that supports our cause.
Water birth in the Portuguese NHS
Pregnancy and the birth of a baby are special and unique event in a family. Ideally, all professionals strive to work as a team in order to respect women, their rights and expectations.
In Portugal, hospitals are already looking to innovate and improve their practice in the field of obstetrics, but this process of change has been made at a rather slow pace. But, although slowly, the change is happening and there are already professionals integrated in the NHS who care about changing the way one is born in our country. We speak about better beginnings for the baby and parents, where the woman's body is respected, its rhythm and the physiology of childbirth.
We, Mães d’Água (Water Mothers), want to participate in this change, with the support of all, inspiring hospitals to create conditions so that the Birth in Water may be an option for women.
The purpose of this campaign is to raise funds to offer a Childbirth Pool and Accessories to a Portuguese NHS Hospital.
We hope that all mothers who want to take advantage of the benefits of water at birth will have the option of doing so in a public hospital. So the motto of this campaign is: Change the NHS ~ One pool at a time
There are several benefits of using immersion in water during labor. And this option should be available to all women. It is up to all of us to make this call, to take the initiative, to take action! This campaign is a step forward! Your participation will make a difference!
As Mães d’Água we unconditionally support the will to do better. The will to extend options, specially those that may benefit normal/natural delivery. The use of water in labor is an option already possible in some private institutions, but we want to go further!
And we’ll start by donating a birth pool to a hospital that has already showed interest in our proposal!
If we reach the goal of the campaign, we will register the delivery of the Kit and share it with everyone!
Mães d'Água thank from the bottom of their hearts all the support and will organize meetings to personally thank their supporters and deliver the rewards directly. From North to South of the country, come meet us at one of the locations we will announce later.