In the 1980s and even into the 1990s, it was hard to imagine that women living with HIV/AIDS would live long enough to see their children grow up. Dreams of getting pregnant and raising a family were dashed. Then scientists started looking into mother-to-child HIV transmission. The news was good – an HIV+ woman could have a healthy pregnancy and deliver a healthy, HIV-negative baby as long as she took certain meds and was carefully monitored during prenatal care. While she couldn’t breastfeed because the virus could be transmitted via breast milk, she could finally envision her kids becoming young adults. Years later, it even got better. Given increased life expectancy after many new therapies emerged, an HIV+ mother could look forward to seeing several generations of her family – children, grandchildren and maybe even great-grandchildren.
Sounds amazing, right? Not so for all HIV+ women. Homeless HIV+ women have nothing to cheer about. Homelessness is one of the major barriers to all those things one needs to have a healthy baby – a place to nest and eat well, access to prenatal care, and peace of mind. A stable home is crucial – imagine being pregnant without it. That’s why this Mother’s Day we ask you to donate to Bailey House in honor of your mother. Your support could be just the thing that an HIV+ mom-to-be needs to celebrate this special day.