It’s one of those moments I had dreamed about since I was a little girl playing house with friends … pretending we were mommies-to-be as we stuffed dolls under our Popsicle-stained T-shirts … mimicking the part of new mama as best as we could from what we’d seen others do. I remember thinking about what my real babies would look like one day and I remember coming up with preemptive baby names for them.
And then it happened for real … a solid 20+ years later … I had one of my own. A real-life baby human on a cold day in January.
Leading up to my labor and delivery, I had educated myself and surrounded myself with other strong women who believed in me and my ability to birth. I prepared myself mentally and physically, and after 12 hours of labor, my little Fern Winter came into this world on a beautifully quiet day as the snow fell softly outside.
As I pushed out this little baby into the birthing tub, I immediately realized that she wasn’t the only one experiencing birth. As she emerged from the water, it was like I myself was emerging as well. I was being born … as a mother. My life was forever altered and my heart would never know a love quite like this one. It was like nothing I could have imagined. It was so much more different than I had anticipated, but so much better. It was hands down the most beautifully transformative day of my life.
Unfortunately some women don’t get to share this experience, which is why I wanted to share a little bit about Christy Turlington Burn’s maternal health organization today: Every Mother Counts.
“As we celebrate the fact that with each and every child’s birth, a mother is also born, we also keep in mind that this Mother’s Day, like every other day of the year, 800 women will lose their lives during what should be a joyous and empowering experience — becoming a mother. That’s one woman every 2 minutes. But it doesn’t have to be that way: 90% of these deaths are preventable. And who better to help make that change than mothers themselves?”
Every Mother Counts is launching a campaign during the month of May in honor of Mother’s Day called “Every 2 Minutes (#every2)” and they are asking mothers, sisters of mothers, friends of mothers, or anyone who has had their life impacted by a mother to take 2 minutes to take 2 actions to help raise awareness and resources for these mothers-to-be in countries where they do not have access to the quality maternity care that we have here in the U.S.
So, if you are a mama, feel free to spread the word and/or donate resources to the cause. You can support the Every 2 Minutes campaign through the products you shop for as Mother’s Day gifts on the Every Mother Counts website, or by donating directly to specific needs. For example, a $25 donation is enough to buy a mama kit filled with the supplies to help a woman safely deliver her baby.
This is such a beautiful campaign and I hope you’ll join me in raising awareness for this cause.
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland, Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.