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Every Mother Counts

Did you know that 2 women die everyday in the United States due to complications in pregnancy or childbirth? On a global scale, 303,000 women die annually due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth. A whopping 98% of these deaths are preventable. You could further break that down — and learn that one woman dies every 2 minutes bringing new life into the world. Each loss leaves behind an average of 4 orphans globally. Enter Every Mother Counts.

Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. Every Mother Counts informs, engages and mobilizes new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs in the United States and around the world.

In this episode, we chat with Kristen, the Chief Operations and Talent Officer at Every Mother Counts. Kristen and I chat about the current state of maternal health in the United States and the challenges women face while pregnant or giving birth. Kristen and I dispel some of the assumptions that giving birth in America is safer than the rest of the world – when in fact, the opposite is true. We also discuss the many opportunities that exist for listeners to get involved with Every Mother Counts and their grantees. Every Mother Counts works around the globe and in the United States by partnering with grantees who are focused on a boots on the ground approach to improving maternal health outcomes. This includes organizations like We Care Solar and their solar powered suitcase that provides light and hope to providers in developing nations. Every Mother Counts is working to remove the top three barriers that lead to maternal death, education, transportation and supplies. You can learn even more about Every Mother Counts by watching this short film — as an added bonus, this film is a great share on social media to help raise awareness about the work of EMC.

In our conversation, Kristen references some of the powerful films that Every Mother Counts has developed. Specifically she references Seda’s Light which takes place in Malawi. Take a look and learn how something as simple as power can make all the difference in safe outcomes for mama and baby.

This is an episode you don’t want to miss — and a great organization to get involved with.




Ways You Can Act

  1. Become a social media advocate for maternal health – start by following Every Mother Counts on Facebook and Twitter.
  2. Run. Yes, that’s right, run. Running a local 5k or marathon? Do it for Every Mother Counts. Every mile run is a step closer to safe pregnancies and childbirth.
  3. Share this podcast with your friends and family – help raise awareness of the current state of maternal health in the United States and around the world. Not many people realize how dismal maternal health is here.
  4. In honor of a mom in your life, shop their Orange Rose collection to benefit Every Mother Counts and grab a gift for Mother’s Day!

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