Sussex woman makes a bid to save the lives of women and babies

Published On August 21, 2012 | By We Love Brighton | Features

When: 30th of September 2012
Where: from Volks Railway, Madeira Drive to the Peace Statue

Birth support coach, Sally Cropper, from Brighton will be organising the second successful March for Mothers event, in aid of development charity Health Poverty Action.

The event will take place in Brighton, Sally’s hometown on Sunday, 30th of September, starting from Volks Railway, Madeira Drive to the Peace Statue and back.
Sally is a Doula, also known as a birth and labour coach, and is passionate about the right of every woman to give birth safely.

“Motherhood is the ultimate accolade. Every women has the right to give birth in a safe environment which is why I want to raise money for Health Poverty Action’s vital maternal health work”

The first March for Mothers event organised by Health Poverty Action, took place in March this year, close to Mother’s Day, in Greenwich Park to celebrate mothers around the world. The event raised over £8000 to support Health Poverty Action’s vital maternal health work in Sierra Leone and Burma.
Health Poverty Action works to strengthen poor and marginalised people in their struggle for health. Every year 287,000 women die in pregnancy and childbirth and each day 21,000 children die before their fifth birthday. 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries. Most maternal deaths and complications are preventable, which is why Health Poverty Action works to improve maternal health services.

Nineteen-year-old Maly’s life was at risk after she gave birth to her first child in a tiny mountain village in eastern Burma. The placenta, or afterbirth, remained in her body, leaving Maly in danger of excessive bleeding, the main cause of death in childbirth.

But, as Maly grew weaker by the minute, when her husband rushed to fetch local midwife Sopheap, she knew just what to do. Sopheap, trained by the charity, realised Maly would not survive a long trip to hospital and guided the placenta out by hand.

Health Poverty Action is asking each walker to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship.
The sponsorship cash will help provide life-saving healthcare and health education for mothers in developing countries:

£100 could provide medicines in a childbirth emergency
£200 could provide breast feeding support and antenatal care for a group of new mothers
£500 could provide a safe birthing hut
£750 could train a midwife in essential life-saving skills.

The event, lasts from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm, and starts at the Volks Railways on Marine Parade. The route is on easy ground for all people, including parents with pushchairs and expectant mothers.

Registration costs £10 for adults and £5 for children.
People can register at

CONTACT: Lizzie Helps Tel: 020 7840 3760

To contact Sally: Sally Cropper T: 07765 884999

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