Every Mother Counts

On Mother’s Day, my thoughts are with the two mother figures in my life. My own mother – who gave me an incredibly love-filled childhood, and my mother-in-law who gives me steadfast support.  

I’m also naturally reflecting on my greatest gifts – my two children whom today bestowed me with trinkets, homemade art and messages of love that I will forever treasure.  I’m beyond grateful for the safe delivery of my babies, with sophisticated medical care in a small minimally invasive practice.  Yet I’m acutely aware that this is not the case for all.  According to the Centers For Disease Control, in the United States about 650 women die each year as a result of pregnancy and delivery complications.  However, in developing Countries, the maternal mortality ratio is 240 per 100,000 births, with approximately 800 women dying each day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth (World Health Organization).  

Photo via Every Mother Counts

Reducing the maternal mortality ratio by three quarters by 2015 is one of the Millennium Development Goals, and last week I learned about an organization that is committed to helping this cause. Thanks to the coordination of Culture Mom Media, I had the chance to speak directly with Christy Turlington Burns the founder of  Every Mother Counts.  Although many of us know Christy Turlington Burns from her modeling career, she is profoundly dedicated to reducing maternal mortality around the world, and has worked extensively in resource poor Countries.

I am no longer working in a formal public health setting and am especially happy to share ways that we can all help out.  Every Mother Counts launched a Mother’s Day campaign (taking place all year long) via Pinterest called “Give Mom a Thought“. Through social media, a “thought” can be given to show appreciation to the women we love as we recognize the disproportionate amount of women around the world who do not survive childbirth.

To learn more and get involved with Every Mother Counts, visit everymothercounts.org where donations can be made (in a loved one’s honor).