More than 500,000 women die each year during childbirth—and that 90 percent of these deaths are preventable.
These staggering numbers prompted former supermodel Christy Turlington Burns to make her documentary film, No Woman, No Cry.
Christy herself had a frightening experience when her daughter, Grace, was born. She suffered complications with the delivery. “I was fortunate to have survived the complication…but not everyone is.”
The mother of two and wife to director Ed Burns was in Toronto Friday for the Canadian screening of her directorial debut, invited by Dr. Peter Singer, chief executive officer of Grand Challenges Canada.
Christy does a wonderful job in showing the viewer the gripping personal stories of various women around the world who have dealt with maternal health issues, including a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala, and a prenatal clinic in the United States.
“I hope that by bringing people together through the universal experience of birth, we can help create a mainstream maternal health movement that ensures the lives and well-being of mothers worldwide, for generations to come,” Christy said.
“No Woman, No Cry” debuted on Oprah’s new network, OWN on May 7, 2011 but can also be seen for a limited time on YouTube.
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