I’m extremely fortunate. I have two amazing young children, a loving husband and a good support system. I also had excellent care and support during childbirth: My husband, my doula Jeanette and OB plus the Good Samaritan Hospital staff. I was able to deliver naturally for both births and they were relatively uncomplicated–some hemorrhaging during my first delivery, but it was easily managed by the doctor and nurses. This post is for those who aren’t as fortunate. Take a look at these stats:
- One maternal death every 90 seconds — in the U.S.
- 15% of all pregnancies result in complications during labor and delivery and sometimes are fatal.
- Pregnancy is the biggest killer of girls ages 15-19.
- For every woman who dies in childbirth, 20 more suffer from debilitating complications.
- We have the knowledge to prevent 90% of all maternal deaths.
- The U.S. is 50th in maternal care–49 other countries do a better job than we do here.
To raise awareness of the above stats and the issue of PREVENTABLE maternal deaths, an amazing group of moms and bloggers came together to form the #Moms4Moms movement. The powerful group includes: Holly Pavlika, Katrina Carefoot, Nirasha (Niri) Jaganath, Julie Cole, Linda Grant, Katja Presnal, Erica Diamond, Kelly Loubet, Audrey Couto McClelland, Molly Gold,Beth Feldman, Dagmar Bleasdale and Ted Rubin. They’ve partnered with Christy Turlington’s organization: Every Mother Counts to raise awareness and funds by asking what if 1% of the $14.6 billion spent on Mother’s Day gifts could be given to this cause. That would be over $140 million for good!
I’m getting involved by posting about this issue here, on my creative outlet blog, This Mom Creates,
and on ItBuildsCharacter.com. I participated in the #Moms4Moms awareness Twitter party this past Monday. I’m holding a cell phone drive for Hope Phones (stay tuned for my call for phones or contact me now to donate your old phones) and our family is making a donation to EveryMotherCounts.org.
If you want to get involved, here are a few things you can do:
- Tweet the stats above using the hashtag #Moms4Moms
- Like the Facebook page “Moms4MomsDay”
- Post the stats on your Facebook status and/or link to the Moms4Moms Facebook page
- Write your own post and share it with your network
- Make a small donation through EveryMotherCounts and Save the Children and/or donate your old cell phones donated through Hope Phones. (They supply everything and pay the costs of shipping.) Or you can give your old phone to me and I’ll send it in for you.
- Watch, promote and talk about the “No Woman No Cry” documentary
My wish for this Mother’s Day is to reduce maternal deaths. I hope you’ll support this cause.