Every Mother Counts – Save Lives This Mother’s Day

While pregnant with my last daughter, I was shocked to learn that many women are misinformed on birth and many were/are terrified at the idea of giving birth. Our medical system and the lack of education on birthing is too blame, along with a few other details however after reading these shocking statistics, I was even more surprised to learn that we have the knowledge to prevent 90% of all maternal deaths. Keep that in mind when you read the stats below:

• There is one maternal death every 90 seconds.
• 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.

Every Mother Counts is an advocacy and mobilization campaign that is geared towards increasing education and support for maternal and child health. Many of us here in America are extremely blessed to have good health care and options that allow us to make our own choices and how we choose to give birth, however many women don’t have that choice.

Christy Turlington Burns is making her directorial debut through her film “No Woman, No Cry” by sharing powerful stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world and shedding more light on this cause.

This Mother’s Day I want to make a simple request and ask you all a question:

What if we were all to donate just a little bit of what is usually spent every year on Mother’s Day? What if we were to ask for a handmade card or donation to everymothercounts.org instead of a dozen roses?

Americans will spend approximately $14.6 billion this year on Mother’s Day gifts, what if 1% of that $14.6 billion could be given to this cause?

If just a little was given from every mom, lives would be saved and I don’t know about you, but for me that is the best Mother’s Day gift I could ever ask for.

Another option and way to give is by recycling your old cell-phones, donating them through Hope Phones, who then refurbishes the phones and donates the proceeds to Every Mother Counts. They even pay for shipping!