Christy Turlington Burns: Every Mother Counts

Sun, 05/08/2011 - 09:43
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Most people don't know that the greatest risk to a woman's life is giving birth.  Every 90 seconds a woman dies giving birth - 90% of the deaths are preventable.  And it's not just about developing countries.  The US has the highest maternal death rate of any industrialised nation (maternal mortality has risen 30% in the US).

Christy Turlington is working to put an end to maternal mortality with her organization Every Mother Counts.  After giving birth to her first child, Christy suffered a post-natal hemorrhage.  If it wasn't for her skilled birth team, she could have died.  

Christy has moved behind the camera in her campaign. In her gripping directorial debut, Christy shares the powerful stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world, including a remote Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala, and a prenatal clinic in the United States.

I'm so happy that Christy included a prenatal clinic in the US in her film. It's time to burst the bubble that women are advantaged in the US - some things are universal. Intentional motherhood and maternal health are directly connected. Either you respect women and provide for their health and welfare or you don't. The sanctity of womanhood is an all or nothing proposition.

Denying women access to contraception and abortion is a slippery slope that ends with inadequate maternal healthcare. We deserve better.

Here's the link to the entire documentary.  Not sure why OWN won't let you embed the entire documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLGZUZkNLF8

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I completely agree with your

Mon, 05/09/2011 - 06:41
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I completely agree with your thoughts on care in the US. We think that it's so good, but I can tell you after visiting care centers in the UK and especially in Scandinavia that Americans are NOT getting the best treatment that they deserve. I mean really, if Cuba can prioritize maternal care then so can we!