We’ve shared with you before how important the work that Christy Turlington and Every Mother Counts is doing to save women and girls all across the globe. Now Every Mother Counts has joined other celebrity charities in taking Mozilla’s Firefox Challenge and need your help to win money towards saving mothers everywhere. It’s so important, the statistics are terrifying, and this is one of those small things each of us can do to make a big difference!
The charity that raises the most money will win a donation from Mozilla for $25,000, and Every Mother Counts will be giving the money to Robin Lim, an amazing midwife and maternity caregiver (and recent winner of the CNN Hero of the Year award).
Today is Christy’s birthday and she wrote an epic post about why Robin is important to the cause, why maternal health and lowering the mortality rate globally matter so much to her, and how you can make a difference (each little bit really does matter!).
Read Christy’s words, donate and to find out what cool things Every Mother Counts and Christy are giving away to sweeten the deal and give us all even more of an incentive to donate and help out. Here is an excerpt from her post:
After delivering my daughter in 2003, I endured and survived a hemorrhage, the leading childbirth-related complication that takes the lives of thousands of other mothers all over the world. One girl or woman dies every 90 seconds in pregnancy or childbirth from what is in most cases a preventable death. I was as shocked as you are when I discovered this fact but I was also grateful. Grateful because I had been in the care of a competent team of health workers (which included a doula, nurses, midwife and ob) when I needed them most.
It was in El Salvador that things really clicked for me though. I thought of my mother’s life. While she had been born in a good hospital in San Salvador in the 1930′s, at that time pregnancy-related deaths were commonplace even in the US. My great grandmother also hemorrhaged, only after delivering her fifth child and she died. Her husband, my mom’s grandfather was a physician at the time. He would give up practicing medicine forever when he couldn’t save her.
But it wasn’t only my mom and her family that I thought of as I considered my own fate and good fortune, it was all those women I’d spent the day with in the rural community I’d visited with CARE. We’d made a connection that day, we mothers, as women. These women did not have access to the simple interventions that could insure their survival and that’s what concerned me. It did more than concern me, it woke me up and begged this question, why should any one life be of different value than any other?