Every single time I get to celebrate Mother’s Day, it’s a joyful occasion. I am still in awe of my children and quite often I take a look at them and I cannot believe they’re mine.
Even though it took me a while to have my kids and my pregnancies had their fair share of complications, I was fortunate enough to receive great medical care. I think that was crucial to be able to have two happy endings and deliver two healthy babies.
However, too many women (and girls) don’t have the same luxuries I had. The number is astounding: 360,000 die each year due to preventable pregnancy or childbirth-related problems. That is one too many. And 1,000 will die today.
To raise awareness, this year, Christy Turlington Burns launched the campaign No Mother’s Day as part of her Every Mother Counts initiative and recruited a mind-boggling array of inspiring women from all different walks of life. There are Hollywood stars, but there are also journalists, social media influencers and businesswomen. Take a look at the video with Jennifer Connelly, Debra Messing, Ann Curry, Catherine Connors, Blythe Danner, among others.
I also want to honor those women who died while trying to bring in a new life into this world. That’s why on Mother’s Day, I will remember them and honor their memory with 90 seconds of silence. Because every minute and a half a woman dies due to pregnancy or childbirth-related complications.
If you have children, you know how hard even 90 seconds of silence are to manage. But during moments like these, in which I feel so fortunate to have two healthy children and to be able to be here in their lives, I feel the least I can do is try.
Will you join us too?