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90% of all maternal deaths are preventable.
Even women in the United States die or have debilitating complications. Do you know that we rank 50th in maternal health care? Download “10 Things To Know About Maternal Mortality.”
This feels especially close to my heart because I almost died from AJ’s birth. To make a long story short, I had retained placenta. It caused hemorrhaging several weeks after delivery – so much that I was going through a pad a minute – something I’d never wanted my husband to experience. To make matters worse, my midwife told me that I’d be fine, to lay on my left side, and to take 4 Advil. I trusted her and listened. But, she was wrong. I could have bled to death. We eventually ignored her advice, got to the Emergency Room and I’m still here to tell the tale.
Even in this country, we have to advocate for better health care. More so in third-world countries.
I had to learn to listen to my own instincts, I think all moms must learn this – it’s very hard to be a new mom if you ask me. But, at least in this country, I had medical options available to me – other women aren’t so lucky.
You can give another mother a gift for Mother’s Day. The gift of better health care for moms. Two things you can do:
Go to EveryMotherCounts.org and see other ways you can help.
Watch “No Woman, No Cry” – a documentary film by Christy Turlington Burns which shows the storis of at-risk pregnant women in Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala and the U.S.. The documentary will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network on May 7th at 9:30–11 p.m. (ET/PT).
Will you watch it with me?