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Carrie Bickmore Almost Died After Giving Birth

Carrie Bickmore has revealed she would have died after the birth of her son if it were not for a last-minute dash to the hospital.

The Project host suffered a severe haemorrhage 10 days after the birth of Oliver, requiring an operation and blood transfusions.

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Opening up about the ordeal, Bickmore said the experience resonated with her when she signed up to become a UNICEF ambassador.

"Maternal and neo-natal tetanus is one of the highest reasons for mortality in developing countries, and so when UNICEF asked me to be involved in a maternal and neo-natal program they were running, I jumped at the chance and have continued to support them since," she told Marie Claire.

Now a mum of two, the 35-year-old said she “would have died” if she hadn’t been able to access those services.

As part of her role with the charity, Bickmore is currently encouraging people to #DonateYourDinner.

The campaign asks people to share a photo of their finished dinner plate, tag three friends and donate the value of that meal to donateyourdinner.org.

The money raised will towards providing therapeutic food and life-saving treatments, new water supplies, vaccinations and emergency education.

According to UNICEF, more than 26 million children’s lives are currently at risk with a severe crisis in Ethiopia, Angola, Zimbabwe and the surrounding countries.

To put it in perspective – that’s the equivalent of Australia’s entire population not knowing where they’ll get their next meal from.

While it’s a statistic that can seem overwhelming at first glance, Bickmore told Marie Claire that it was possible to make a difference.

"I have often felt like the problem was too big, like no little donation I made could solve the huge problems facing millions of children and families around the world," she said.

"Then I realised it wasn’t my little donation alone that would help, it was all of our little donations together that could make a huge impact.”

It looks like you now not only have an excuse to photograph your food. You’re obliged to.

It’s a small action that could make a BIG difference.

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