Josie Giugliano wrote -
I feel so fortunate for the many blessings in my life, most notably, my family. My husband, Matt, and my three little ones are the center of my universe and I was fortunate enough to prepare for the arrival of my children in a safe, healthy, and "peaceful" way (though we all know that labor is not peaceful!). As I reflect on my experiences, I can identify instances in which I took for granted the many liberties and luxuries that I had access to throughout the entire childbirth process. I remember thinking and reassuring myself that the days of women dying during childbirth were things of the past. The reality, however, is that hundreds of thousands of women still die during pregnancy and childbirth each year. That's 800 women every day. The good news is that 90% of these deaths can be prevented and treated with emergency obstetric care. The five major causes of maternal mortality—hemorrhage (severe blood loss), sepsis (infection), unsafe abortion, hypertensive disorders (pregnancy complications associated with high blood pressure, including preeclampsia and eclampsia), and obstructed labor—are all treatable if the woman has access to trained healthcare workers at a well-equipped health facility. It is imperative that we work to save these mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, friends, teachers, doctors, caregivers and community leaders—and make it a priority. Every Mother Counts is a charity that works to improve maternal health (both prenatal and postnatal) and reduce maternal mortality rates. I run on behalf of EMC and fundraise with pride knowing that the money raised is benefitting this noble cause. Please help me raise money to make strides against preventable deaths among women who should be looking forward to a new chapter in their lives. I'm hoping that you will lend your support no matter how big or small. Thank you!