In celebration of Mother’s Day & Mama’s everywhere I’m sharing my 1st moments with Rhys & images of newborns from around the world as a part of my work with the The Global Team of 200 and our partnership with Save The Children.


I went in for a regular checkup 3 days before Rhys’ due date.  “Something’s not quite right,” she said.  She called in 4 people & they all stuck their hands up my yahoo, pressed, prodded & photographed before declaring, “call your husband! Now!”  My heart sunk, “what on earth?”  She said I was 6 cm dialated & couldn’t I tell.  Nope. She said, something was wrong, something about a mass & his oxygen levels.  She said it was time to get me on pitocin & get him out as quick as possible.  Doc offered me a wheelchair but I literally had not felt a single contraction so I drove myself over.

In a few hours, I’d progressed 2 cm & still hadn’t felt a contraction.  The labor was so pain free, in fact, my hubby, Jess & I played Bohnanza, rocked out to a Gospel play list & ate Burger King.  I was put on a pitocin drip, given an epidural.  A few hours later, I pushed.  The cord was tightly wrapped around Rhys’ neck, the mass they’d seen was a very, very large blood clot that was pushing him in such a way he was losing oxygen.


I’ll never forget the moment Doc said, “he must come out now!” And pleaded with me to give it all I had.  After an unproductive push, the nurse told Jess to stop recording.  His head was out & it was a pale shade of scary purple.  No recording she said.  The equivalent of “let’s not have a video of a dead baby.”  I spent those moments in silent, pleading prayer.  When he came out, it took a minute or two before he made a sound.  The silence was deafening.  But then.  They gave him to me…


…and he was so loved.  And I cried those big, fat happy tears.


I stared at his perfect little face.



These first moments were so special.  So safe.


Statistics say the day a baby is born is his or her’s most dangerous day of life in any country in the world.  More than 1 million babies die the day they are born.  Without proper prenatal & healthcare this could have been our little Rhysie!

Instead I took him home, safe & sound.


According to’s Mothers’ Index, report Finland is the best place in the world to be a Mama, Democratic Republic of Congo is the toughest.  The U.S. is the 30th just above Japan and South Korea—but below all of Western Europe,  Australia, Slovenia, Singapore, New Zealand, Estonia, Canada, Czech Republic, Israel, Belarus, Lithuania and Poland. The Mothers’ Index rankings are determined by five indicators on education, income, women’s political representation and the chances a mother and her baby will survive.

Check out the response of Jennifer Garner, Rachel Zoe, Alyson, Hannigan and Jennifer Connelly in a Save the Children video talking about their babies’ first moments.

Let’s celebrate the beautiful Mama’s who made all these beautiful babies. {All images courtesy of Save the Children, Photo: Ian P. Hurley/Save the Children}.

Deepali Mahato sleeps with 14 days old girl in her house at Narudih village

State of the World's Mothers Report - The Democratic Republic of CongoDr Abhay BangJonti's baby boy at the health centre in Mvolo, south Sudan.Uganda: Saving Newborn Lives programFew hours old twin babies are seen at Pailarkandi union, Baniac

Life is a gift!  Aren’t they simply beautiful?


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  • Jerry

    Truly one of the most mysterious and miraculous realities. Happy Mother’s Day Grace.

    • Grace at {Gabbing with Grace}

      Thanks, Jer!

  • Ann Kilter

    My daughter was breach because of the cord around her neck. It was too late for a C-section, so they had to literally pull her out quickly. Then they let me kiss her on the forehead, and they ran her to the NICU, bagging her along the way. The doctors and nurses saved her life, and she is now in her junior year at college. In our mothers’ generation, our babies would likely have died. What a blessing our doctors and nurses are.

    • Grace at {Gabbing with Grace}

      Yes! So true, Ann!

  • mongupp

    I loooooove babies so much!!

    • Grace at {Gabbing with Grace}

      I know. So presh.