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EVERY MOTHER COUNTS Christy Turlington –


Transforming Maternal Health


“If we can’t support a woman while she is giving life, then we don’t support women.” – Christy Turlington


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undreds of thousands of women are dying every year as a result of childbirth. There is one maternal death every minute. For every woman who dies in childbirth, there are


at least 10 women who suffer significant injuries or are disabled.


“Almost all of these deaths can be prevented,” says Christy Turlington, leading maternal health advocate. “There are not a lot of issues out there you can say that about,” she says.


“If we can’t support a woman while she is giving life, then we don’t support women,” says Christy.


Like many women, Christy was thrilled to become a mother. But just after delivering her first child, she suffered a serious complication. She was fortunate enough to have a birth team that worked quickly to manage the condition, but she was shocked to learn that hundreds of thousands of women die each year during childbirth—and that 90 percent of these deaths are preventable.


Compelled to speak out about the importance of maternal health, Christy created a film documenting the stories of pregnant women from four parts of the world. These include a Maasai tribe in Tanzania, a slum of Bangladesh, a post-abortion care ward in Guatemala, and a prenatal clinic in the United States. Over the last year and a half No Woman, No Cry has been showing at film festivals, conferences, medical schools, the United Nations, the World Bank, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and other influential public forums.


“My goal is to make sure that those individual stories are heard so that then we can really rally—those of us who have a voice—who have the ability to speak out about these issues and be heard,” says Christy. “There are so many millions of women and girls who don’t have that ability.”


Wanting to take the public awareness from No Woman, No Cry further, Christy founded Every Mother Counts, an advocacy


organization to increase education for maternal and child health, as well as a resource to help people get involved to make a positive difference for women and children.


“Most of the women who have died in childbirth could be alive today if they had access to basic maternal health services. We need to look this issue in the eye and see that women are not dying because of untreatable diseases. They are dying because women and girls have yet to be valued as lives worth saving. We named our organization Every Mother Counts. It’s really that every woman and every girl counts,” says Christy.


To get involved with Every Mother Counts, visit www.everymothercounts.org


For information on No Woman, No Cry, visit www. everymothercounts.org/film


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