May 11, 2011 – UPDATE! Sarah’s back is doing much better! Through hollistic methods she is pain-free once again! Also, she is now 26 weeks along and had her first appointment with her midwife. She and the baby are both looking great! The little peanut is right on track which is excellent news! However, she still needs your support and donations! Please give whatever you can!
April 26, 2011 – Readers! My dear Twitter friend Sarah (@MrsFreestyle) is 23 weeks pregnant with a baby and due to a recent job relocation and this bullshit economy her family cannot afford the prenatal care that she needs. She is also suffering from what is most likely a pinched sciatic nerve that is causing her to black out and fall which we all know is not safe for the mom or her baby. Because of her lack of funds and no insurance she has not been able to see an obstetrician or nurse.
While women have been having babies unassisted for centuries we all know that it is important for the health of the mother to have periodic checkups. Also, her back problems will only get worse and at this point it is crucial that she receive medical care.
The cheapest option for Sarah would be to have a midwife-assisted home birth which she has been given a price of $3,300. A hospital birth plus pre- and post-natal checkups would cost around $7,000 in the state where she lives.
I have set up a collection on her family’s behalf and would like you to search your heart (and wallet) and donate whatever you can. We all know that life is precious so let’s help our friend not only get relief for her back but also to have a safe birth.