Hearing that statistic makes my heart ache. We have the tools, the medicine, the know-how to deliver healthy babies to healthy mothers. It exists, but unfortunately for many in the developing world, it is not available.
I am alive today, my son is alive, because I was born in a part of the world where I have access to quality medical care. When I developed pre-eclampsia in my 36th week of pregnancy with Anders I had access to a team of doctors that were able to take immediate action. They had the tools they needed to diagnose and treat my condition and they were able to do so in a top-notch hospital.
But what if they weren’t? What if I was not one of the lucky ones with access to healthcare? What if tomorrow, instead of celebrating our sixth Mother’s Day together as a family, my husband was alone and I was nothing more than a memory?
This year, Every Mother Counts, an organization founded by Christy Turlington that strives to bring awareness to the risks so many women face during pregnancy and childbirth, is asking moms everywhere to be silent on Mother’s Day in a campaign they call “No Mothers Day.”
Women are asked to refuse gifts, to abstain from social media use, to not answer the phone in an act of solidarity with at-risk mothers everywhere.
“Our silence will speak the loudest for all mothers,” says Turlington. Learn more about how you can participate in the video below or by visiting the official Facebook page for the campaign.
Will you participate?