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Pregnancy and Parenting Charitable Giving and Tax Deductions

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Updated December 31, 2010

There are many organizations whose purpose is to make pregnancy, birth and parenting healthier, safer and a more rewarding experience.  They are usually struggling to make ends meet.  Through contributions from people who support their causes they are able to continue to do their work.  Here are some of the organizations that are currently out there and accepting donations.  Many of these are tax deductible.

These are also great places to make donations in honor of midwives, OBs, doulas and childbirth educators who have helped you during your birth.

Best for Babes

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Best for Babes is dedicated to helping women beat the "booby traps" associated with breastfeeding.  To help this organization you can donate money, shop their web store, you can run their ads pro bono on your site, and several other options, including a House Party!  Their mission: "To help moms beat the booby traps™ -the cultural & institutional barriers that prevent moms from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals. To inspire, prepare & empower™ moms. To give breastfeeding a makeover and give moms the solutions they need to make it work and feel fabulous!"

March of Dimes

March of Dimes
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The March of Dimes is a 501(c)3, non profit organization. They have various ways in which they help support families. They raise money for research, they fund NICUs, and many other things. They work on many aspects of keeping babies healthy, including a large emphasis on preventing preterm birth. In addition to giving, there are local volunteer opportunities and fund raising functions like the March for Babies, etc.

MomsRising

MomsRising
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Moms Rising has many different irons in the fire, including working on maternity leave, sick days, equal pay, toxic issues and more. You can provide a donation, woman hours, or shop in their store. "MomsRising is bringing together millions of people who share a common concern about the need to build a more family-friendly America. Our members are bringing important motherhood and family issues to the forefront of the country's awareness. We are working to create both cultural and legislative change."

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS)

Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS)
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"Our mission is to promote a wellness model of maternity care that will improve birth outcomes and substantially reduce costs. This evidence-based mother-, baby-, and family-friendly model focuses on prevention and wellness as the alternatives to high-cost screening, diagnosis, and treatment programs." You can become a member of CIMS, nominate a nurse for a Mother Friendly Nurse award, donate your time or financially. CIMS is also responsible for the The Birth Survey.

MAMA Campaign

MAMA Campaign
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The Midwives and Mothers in Action (MAMA) Campaign: The MAMA campaign is a collaborative effort by the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM), Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), Citizens for Midwifery (CfM), International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), and the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC). 

Midwifery Kit

International Medical Corps
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This organization has a kit to help midwives in impovrished countries ensure safe births by providing them with basic medical supplies that we take for granted.  "For $5, you can help provide one midwife with the kit she needs to perform a safe, normal delivery.  Every minute, a woman dies due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Without the proper equipment, midwives cannot adequately handle the problems that can arise during and shortly after delivery." 

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