{Maternal health is a human right}

Once you become aware that a problem exists, you can no longer deny or ignore its existence.

 A woman dies every 90 seconds from complications of pregnancy. 90% of deaths are preventable, and the major causes of maternal mortality are all treatable at a well-equipped health facility with trained health care providers. In Africa and South East Asia less than 50% of births have a skilled attendant. In the United States 95% of births have a skilled attendant present.

 In developing countries the primary mode of transportation for women in labour is walking. In rural Zambia 50% of women who want to deliver in a health care facility would have to walk for at least 2 hours.

 Pregnancy and childbirth are the leading causes of death for young women aged 15-19 worldwide.  In Latin America 30% - 50% of sexually active young women (aged 15-25) are not using contraceptives. In pregnancies spaced at least three years apart, infant mortality rates drop by 24%.


When I came across this cause I was stunned. It is actually much more than a cause. It is movement, a mobilization. But the numbers are staggering just the same. 

{The Issue}


(Millennium Development Goals - 5th part of an eight part global strategy to end extreme worldwide poverty. MDG-5 has made the least progress)

The Barriers of Care Christy's site highlights:

  • Emergency Care

  • Access to Quality Care

  • Improving Postpartum Care

  • Strengthening Systems and Policies

  • Family Planning

So today I donate my blog to this mission, using social media and the voice of many to help make a difference and spread the word because although every woman’s story, and day to day conditions, may differ from one another it is true that mothers are bound globally by pregnancy and childbirth. It is astounding to know that in many parts of the world becoming pregnant can be a death sentence. Having given birth to seven babies myself (six natural, one C-section)  I can’t say I have ever taken our health care system for granted, but knowing the lack of care, support and information available to women in developing countries makes me appreciate it and the options available to us so much more. 


Moms4Moms has partnered with Every Mother Counts to raise awareness and funds for the advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal and child health.

The message is clear. Every year, billions is spent pampering Mom, taking her out for dinner and buying flowers and gifts. What if we still appreciate our moms but spent a little less and gave a little more? Sadly there are thousands of women who will not survive childbirth due to lack of resources, education, family planning and some real transportation issues in rural areas.

The Moms4Moms Day Facebook page is focusing on

Most people can contribute a little. Even as little as $5.00 can make a difference.

{Used Cell Phone Donations} 

 And who doesn’t have one or two….or three old cell phones in a drawer or closet somewhere. I do. Almost everyone I have asked in the last two day does. This is a great way to finally purge these from the “get to it later drawer” and make a difference.  Hope Phones refurbishes the used cell phones and donates the sales.

So let’s help each other. Let’s talk to each other. Share this with your mother, your sister, your daughter, your aunt and your girlfriends, even the fellas can get involved. Because Every Mother Counts and Moms4Moms is how it should always be.

Christy Turlington Burns is a mom, global maternal health advocate, author and filmmaker to name a few. is her site advocating change in maternal and child health through education, raising awareness and taking action.

April 27th, 2011 Moms4sMoms Day was Holly Pavlika's idea to use the power of social media to raise awareness and funds for this movement and is the founder of the Mom-entum blog. Holly is the executive vice president and managing director of Big Fuel.

You can find more information at

Every Mother Counts