Global Baby Steps / Helping Women Survive Pregnancy
Global Baby Steps is a 501(c) (3) founded in 2009 to help provide basic maternity and obstetrical care for women in rural Tanzania. Robyn Talley, a Lititz, PA resident, traveled to Tanzania to visit her son, who was working for Circle of Health International. There she met Faridah Mgunda and Miriam Gorotto, two professional midwives, who after retiring have dedicated their lives to training health care workers in rural areas. Upon seeing the lack of health care available to women in rural areas, and learning that approximately 13,000 women in Tanzania die each year during pregnancy and childbirth from complications that could be prevented if only they had access to the most basic obstetrical care, she felt compelled to act.
Upon returning to the US and talking with husband and friends, a plan to knit baby sweaters and sell them to provide funds for Global Baby Steps was developed. Today the group sells their hand knit items at craft shows (see schedule of events), and through local shops (see partners). All materials and time are donated so 100% of proceeds go to help women. We also welcome donations.
Global Baby Steps has provided funds for basic sterile supplies, medical equipment, and bicycles to aid rural health care workers in the Kisaware District in eastern Tanzania. We are also working with the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church to purchase equipment for the Itete Hospital in the Konde Diocese in southwestern Tanzania.