Mommy Niri is one of the first blogs that I seriously followed and subscribed. Today Niri writes about an amazing program to help other Mom’s this Mother’s Day.
I know that I struggle with coming up with ideas for things that I may want for Mother’s Day. I always feel like I already have everything that I need. My favorite gifts are homemade ones so what if we all encouraged our families to only give homemade gifts for Mother’s Day and donate what they would normally spend to this worthy cause. The stats on this just blow my mind and not in a good way.
The following is an excerpt from Momentum:
We then started a closed Facebook group to ideate. Within 48 hours we had outlined the plan, generated a short list of charities, named our effort “Moms4Moms” and picked EveryMotherCounts.org as the final charity. EveryMotherCounts is an organization Christy Turlington started after her own home birth went awry. She has spent the past two years creating a documentary about maternal health around the world. And the documentary will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network on May 7th at 9:30–11 p.m. (ET/PT).
Here’s some of what we learned from EveryMotherCounts. Pregnant women are dying all over the world, but for different reasons. In the United States, it is often because of lack of health insurance, in Bangladesh-culture demands women give birth at home, in parts of Africa it is lack of transportation or communication tools like cell phones. Just look at these statistics:
- There is one maternal death every 90 seconds.
- 15% of all pregnancies result in complications during labor and delivery and sometimes are fatal.
- Pregnancy is the biggest killer of girls ages 15-19.
- For every woman who dies in childbirth, 20 more suffer from debilitating complications.
- We have the knowledge to prevent 90% of all maternal deaths.
And what amazed all of us was the fact the United States is 50th–49 other countries do a better job of maternal care.
And through EveryMotherCounts.org, there are two ways to make a difference.
- a small donation through EveryMotherCounts and Save the Children
- your old cell phones donated through Hope Phones. (They supply everything and pay the costs of shipping.)
Moms4Moms hopes to use the collective power of socially connected Moms to help Moms in need this Mother’s Day. Now isn’t that what Mother’s Day is all about?
So here is what the Moms4Moms is asking:
1. Write a blog post and post it on April 27th.
We’re hoping we can get hundreds of thousands of women to post all on the same day and show our unity behind better this issue.
- Post this article or your own article on your blog on April 27th.
- Tell the Moms in your network to commit to posting on April 27th.
- Join us by hitting the “like” button onwww.facebook.com/havemomentum and show your commitment to helping us spread the word about maternal health. Through our Facebook page we will be able to provide you with updates, information, the Moms4Moms badge and more.
2. Join Moms4Moms on twitter.
- Tweet and use this hashtag: #Moms4Moms to spread the word and this link http://on.fb.me/hD8w7f