My pregnancy and childbirth were healthy and joyful. I had access to quality and respectful prenatal care, the encouragement of friends and family, and the support of a loving partner. When my daughter Nora was born on July 11, we both received the care we needed to leave the hospital healthy and thriving.
So many women in the world are not as fortunate.
Every year, 303,000 women die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, according to the World Health Organization. That's 830 women a day, 35 women an hour, and a woman every two minutes. By the time you finish reading this, a woman will have died due to preventable issues, such as hemorrhage, eclampsia, infection, unsafe abortion, HIV, embolism, or other indirect or direct causes.
But you and I can help. For my birthday this year, I'm partnering with Every Mother Counts to help provide women around the world with quality, respectful, and equitable maternity care.
EMC's mission is to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere.
The EMC team works with decision-makers, thought leaders, and community members to impact local and international policy around maternal health (more on their advocacy here). They provide grants to community-based programs working to improve maternity care globally, including birth attendants in Bangladesh, midwives in Guatemala, mobile clinics in Haiti, healthcare workers in Tanzania, women paralegals in India, and prenatal care in the U.S. (more on their grant-giving here).
To date, EMC has invested $16.2 million in public education, community engagement, and grants, impacting the lives of more than 700,000 women, babies, health care workers, and community members worldwide.
If you're ready to take action, you can use your voice to advocate for quality maternal care for all or donate here to support this organization and women around the world who need our help.
No woman should have to worry about dying due to pregnancy and childbirth. Please help me bring joy and health to women around the world, and donate today. Thank you!