Having my baby, the Pea, I am acutely aware that my purchases for her will define her own relationship with material possessions. I want her to have an edited array of gorgeous things that she can treasure, not a pile of plastic toys each birthday and Christmas. I want to give her experiences, create rituals, play together as we find the joy in each and every day. I want her to be as aware as some of the very young children I know, who choose to make a donation on their birthdays to help other children rather than have yet another toy.
As such, one of the ways I have celebrated her birth (and marked my own passage through labour) is by donating to the Birthing Kit Foundation Australia. At the cost of around $3 per kit, they provide the essentials for a mother to birth her child more safely. With an estimated 385,000 women dying from complications in childhood anually, I can't bear to birth my beautiful daughter without helping someone else to birth their child more safely.
If this strikes a chord with you as it did with me, please pass the link on to friends and family. Here's to all the mothers and babies of the world.