Every 90 seconds a woman dies of complications during childbirth, a death that is preventable in 90% of cases if only these women had access to proper healthcare. Shocked by this statistic? I know I was. The privilege of giving birth in a comfy, private hospital room surrounded by a team of medical professionals with all the tools they need at their disposal is one I took for granted.
I first became aware of this worldwide issue through Every Mother Counts. It’s an inspiring initiative begun by Christy Turlington Burns that aims to educate and support maternal, child, and newborn health. Through EMC, Christy hopes to engage new audiences to better understand the challenges and solutions while inspiring them to take action to improve the lives and health of girls and women worldwide.
Today is Christy’s birthday and in a personal and touching article, she shares how a trip to her mother’s home of El Salvador inspired her to begin raising awareness about maternal health. Recently, she has partnered with Mozilla Firefox and Crowdrise and is participating in a contest to raise money to build a clinic for mothers in need in Indonesia. It is a competition among celebrity charities and the organization that raises the most money will receive $25,000 toward their charity.
The money that EMC raises will be used to help complete a clinic in Indonesia by Robin Lim, a midwife who recently won the CNN Hero of the Year Award. Indonesia is one of the hardest hit countries in terms of maternal health. As Robin stated when accepting her award, “every baby’s first breath on Earth could be one of peace and love. Every mother should be healthy and strong. Every birth could be safe and loving. But our world is not there yet.”
If you are interested in supporting Every Mother Counts you can do so here.