I am so lucky that I have had access to fantastic doctors and nurses throughout my five pregnancies and deliveries. Without them I likely would have delivered my first baby far too soon and bled out with my second because of a common pregnancy induced clotting disorder. Not all women are as lucky as I have been.
The causes of maternal death around the world vary depending on circumstances. In Canada the biggest causes of maternal death, Pulmonary embolism and pre-eclampsia/pregnancy-induced hypertension. Our ranking as one of the better places to give birth (#18) doesn’t mean our numbers aren’t still shocking. Compared to Greece and Ireland in 2008 where there were only 2 and 3 maternal deaths respectively, 12 in Canada seems like a huge number, but no where near the 1400 that occurred that year in Afghanistan.**
Regardless of where you live the statistics are staggering:
- 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.
So what can you do to help? Visit Every Mother Counts and get informed. Then you have a couple of choices. You can make a small donation through Every Mother Counts and Save the Children and/or donate your old cell phones through Hope Phones. (They supply everything and pay the costs of shipping.) Take the money your other half wants to spend on spoiling you for one day and save some lives. Embrace home-made and kid made and ask for breakfast in bed in lieu of a gift.
Visit here to learn more about Moms4Moms and why they chose this cause. Make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates as well. I am not getting compensated for this post I just feel that it’s an important issue and needs discussion. Lets use our collective power to do some good this Mother’s Day.
*statistics pulled from Unicef
**all stats out of every 100,000 live births
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