Please join me to support women everywhere to receive safe maternal care. See my other blog discussing a running app that gives back: Charity Miles. You can run/walk or bike to earn money for Every Mother Counts or choose from about 25 other charities. Thank you. The app is free on your mobile device.
Christy Turlington Burns
By Melinda Gates
April 23, 2014
An ambassador for maternal health
F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “There are no second acts in American lives.” Christy Turlington Burns proves he was wrong. Christy’s second act is her tenacious fight against maternal mortality. After the birth of her first child, she suffered postpartum hemorrhage. In the U.S., it’s a common complication of labor, but it’s almost always manageable. In developing countries, it can be deadly. Christy’s realization that her life and her baby’s turned on the luck of geography inspired her to take action.
She made the documentary No Woman, No Cry to raise awareness of maternal mortality. Then she founded Every Mother Counts, which provides health education, medicine and emergency care in poor countries. Christy focuses like a laser on efficiency. Every Mother Counts promises that a $1 donation means $1 in the hands of the people saving lives. And the wind is at her back. Maternal mortality is down by almost half since 1990, a leading indicator of a better world, because mothers are the beating heart of communities. When they are healthy, everyone thrives. Christy is helping make that happen.
Also, a wonderful yoga book by Christy Turlington: "Living Yoga, Creating a Life Practice".