Everyone Can Be An Advocate – #EndMaternalMortality

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Learn more about maternal mortality and find out how you can support Merck for Mothers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @MerckforMothers.

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Tiffani is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, co-creator of The Mommy Conference, and co-founder of the digital collective Sisterhued. Her writing and parenting tips have been seen on The Washington Post, Mommy Noire, Yahoo Parenting, and Fit Pregnancy.
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  1. September 26, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    The idea of any child growing up without their mother is heartbreaking. Thank you for bringing attention to this issue. We should all join the fight against Mother Mortality.

    • September 27, 2016 / 2:08 am

      It’s terrible! Maternal mortality rates are rising, but Merck is helping to raise awareness and make sure that babies get to meet their moms.

    • September 27, 2016 / 2:06 am

      It’s a sad reality for so many children.

  2. September 26, 2016 / 10:12 pm

    800 women a day?! Why isn’t EVERYONE talking on this? Thank you for enlightening me.

    • September 27, 2016 / 2:05 am

      800 women every day. And the numbers are rising.

  3. September 27, 2016 / 12:54 am

    My coworker just lost her sister this way. Unfortunately, the child didn’t survive either. These incidences are so sad and unfortunate.

    • September 27, 2016 / 2:05 am

      What’s saddest is that these tragedies can be prevented.

  4. September 27, 2016 / 2:14 am

    That’s an astonishingly high number of deaths especially knowing the numbers are rising here in the states. As someone with a chronic illness who’s had two high risk pregnancies, I’ve had nightmares of dying during child birth. No mother should feel joyless about bringing a baby into this world.

  5. September 27, 2016 / 3:47 am

    That’s so scary that those rates are rising in the US. You are so right that we all need to do something about it. I’m glad they’ve started this initiative.

  6. CourtneyLynne
    September 27, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    I took part in this Twitter party!!! It’s crazy to know that many mothers don’t get the chance to see their little miracle!

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