Erin MacAulay Davalos is proving you can make a difference across the world from a home in Saskatchewan.
The Regina mother is the founder of Mamas 4 Mamas and has been recognized for the organization’s work to support maternal and infant health projects around the world.
On Saturday night, a benefit concert will be held in Regina for the second year to support the group’s projects.
‘It’s really amazing to be able to say that the donations made by people in Saskatchewan, people in Regina, people who come to our concerts, have literally saved lives.’
– Erin MacAulay Davalos
While people came for the music, MacAulay Davalos said they were really part of something bigger.
“It’s really amazing to be able to say that the donations made by people in Saskatchewan, people in Regina, people who come to our concerts, have literally saved lives,” said MacAulay Davalos, who was recently named a CBC Future 40 winner.
An eye-opening moment
MacAulay Davalos has long been passionate about international development, having been a front-line volunteer in developing countries, including work in a public hospital maternity ward in Honduras.
It was there she had an experience that highlighted the challenges women face in developing countries, where they may not have the same ability as Canadian women to access, or ask for, the services they need or want.
She recalled being next to a woman giving birth and being attended by a doctor who had a policy favouring episiotomy — a surgical incision of the perineum and the posterior vaginal wall intended to quickly enlarge the opening for the baby to pass through.
“She was screaming, ‘No, no, I don’t want it,’ and she was literally trying to push the doctor’s hands away and he was coming at her with the scissors,” MacAulay Davalos said.
It was a struggle to stay quiet and continue supporting the woman without undermining the doctor and risking the loss of her hospital privileges, she said.