Do you remember the very first time you held your baby? You cradled him close, happy to finally see his precious face. You looked into her sweet eyes, and felt a love you never knew was possible. But what if your dreams of seeing your baby never became a reality?
Many mothers will never get to meet their children.
Every two minutes, a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth–more than 800 women a day. While most of these preventable deaths are in developing countries, where there isn’t much access to medical care, maternal mortality rates in the United States are on the rise.Every 2 minutes, a mom dies from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. #EndMaternalMortality Click To Tweet
The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation recently found that maternal mortality rates in the U.S. are almost triple those in Canada.
In fact, the United States is one of the only developed nations with a rising maternal mortality rate. Three of the leading causes of these deaths are preeclampsia, embolism (pulmonary) and post-partum hemorrhage. Poverty, distance, lack of information, inadequate service, and cultural practices are just a few of the reasons that stop women from getting or seeking care during their pregnancies, reports the World Health Organization.
— Natasha Nicholes (@NatashaNicholes) 22 September 2016
Moms across the country are dying from preventable causes–and the New York Times reported that an analysis of the data found “particularly high rates” of maternal mortality in “District of Columbia, New Jersey, Georgia and Arkansas, especially among black women.”
To raise awareness, Merck for Mothers and BlogHer, the world’s largest conference for female content creators, teamed up for the #EndMaternalMortality Twitter chat. Women and moms joined together to spread the word and join the fight against maternal mortality.
— Merck for Mothers (@MerckforMothers) 22 September 2016
We learned more about the Merck for Mothers mission, and how maternal mortality affects families. Merck is using its business and scientific expertise to help create a world where no woman dies from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Their aim to make sure that pregnancy and childbirth is a safe, healthy, and joyful experience for women–and their babies.
— Social Good Moms (@socialgoodmoms) 22 September 2016
Anyone can be an advocate for maternal health–no matter how small you think your voice is. You can use your presence on social media to raise awareness, or even in your everyday conversation with other moms. It’s important to use your voice to help end maternal mortality, because no woman should die while giving life.
— BlogHer (@BlogHer) 22 September 2016