On Monday evening Bloggers throughout the world joined together on Twitter to learn the about the reality of life as a woman in a developing country. We learned about women lacking access to trained health care workers, a proper medical supply, transportation and funds to pay for medical care. We also learned about the dire need for family planning, emergency pregnancy and obstetric care as well as sufficient postpartum care. The statistics surrounding pregnancy and maternal deaths around the world are staggering:
1. There would be an estimated 70% decline in maternal deaths and a 44% decline in newborn deaths if women were provided with family planning, health care, maternal and newborn medical services.
2. Half of all women around the world give birth at home, without medical attention, because there are no funds, health care or transportation to get to a health care facility.
3. Up to 50% of maternal deaths occur in the first 48 hours after delivery and all major causes of such deaths are treatable.
4. Maternal deaths due to unsafe abortion could be reduced by 82% if all women had access to contraceptives.
5. The leading cause of death for a girl age 15 to 19 in a developing country is complication from pregnancy or childbirth.
These women need our help. We have the power to make sure that no woman is denied access to adequate health care, proper facilities and no mother loses a child due to a lack of obstetric care.
Mother’s Day is in two weeks and Americans will spend approximately $14.6 billion this year on Mother’s Day gifts (according to the National Retail Federation). Just imagine what we could accomplish if even 1% of that $14.6 billion could instead be donated to preventing unsafe abortion and unnecessary maternal deaths.
Could you forego that card or flowers this Mother’s Day for a donation to Every Mother Counts? Perhaps you have an old cell phone you can donate? There are a variety of ways we can help, and you can find them all at www.EveryMotherCounts.org/Take-Action.
Thanks to Christy Turlington Burns, Founder of Every Mother Counts and to Mom-entum for bringing this issue to light. Every Mother Counts is an advocacy and mobilization campaign intended to increase education and support for maternal and child health. Christy Turlington Burns is a dedicated and tireless advocate for Every Mother Counts. For more information, go to: www.everymothercounts.org. You can also show your support on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HaveMom-entum.
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