I was made of aware of this fact by Christy Turlington Burns, model and founder of Every Mother Counts, a nonprofit organization focused on global maternal health. Christy is making the smart strategic move to reach out to all of these newly minted leaders at the start of their terms to ask for their commitment to support women’s health issues, in particular the prevention of deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth.
As an advocate for moms with PPD, I know personally of the maternal suicides that could have been prevented had these struggling mothers been identified and received expert care. While not every suicide could be stopped, we could certainly reduce them drastically in number. I know Christy feels the same way when it comes to death from hemorrhage in childbirth. We know what to do, we just need to do it.
Christy is asking that all women who care about maternal health sign the petition that she will be delivering in person to Congress on February 28th. With our help, she plans to let the nation’s leadership know that we expect them to support policies that empower and protect the health and wellbeing of women and girls in the US and worldwide.
It’s an easy thing to do — I just added my name to the list and I hope you will as well. To read Christy’s full blog post at Every Mother Counts, click here.
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Katherine Stone writes here at Babble as well as at her own blog on postpartum depression, called Postpartum Progress. You can also follow her on Twitter as she tweets inane things about her day, or learn more about her here.