After the event she asked me if I would like to get involved in Moms4Moms, a project she thought of for this year’s Mother’s Day.
She was wondering: as bloggers, we have so many connections through social media, what if we use that power to make a difference this Mother’s Day? Of course I was in!
Americans will spend approximately $14.6 billion this year on gifts for Mother’s Day. What if 1 percent of that $14.6 billion could be given to the cause of raising awareness and money to help with the staggering numbers of maternal death and complications resulting from birth?
Did you know?
- one mom dies (maternal death) every 90 seconds!
- 15% of all pregnancies result in complications during labor and delivery and sometimes are fatal.
- Pregnancy is the biggest killer of girls ages 15-19.
- For every woman who dies in childbirth, 20 more suffer from debilitating complications.
- We have the knowledge to prevent 90% of all maternal deaths.
These numbers are shocking to me and it breaks my heart to think of children growing up without their mothers because something happened to them during childbirth.
Despite Mother’s Day celebration of motherhood, hundreds of thousands of women worldwide die during pregnancy and childbirth. The US ranks 50th in terms of maternal health care, meaning that 49 other countries provide better care! Moms4Moms’s goal is to “really make Mother’s Day about moms” by promoting the allocation of at least some of the money spent on gifts to mothers in need.
Leveraging the power of social media, Moms4Moms plans to raise awareness and funds for Christy Turlington Burns’ organization Every Mother Counts.
The Facebook page “Moms4MomsDay” focuses on two initiatives: micro-donating, which encourages everyone to give as little as $5, and old cell-phone donation through the group Hope Phones, which refurbishes old phones and donates the proceeds.
Holly partnered with the following twelve influential moms and bloggers to create Moms 4 Moms Day: Erica Diamond womenonthefence.com, Audrey McClelland momgenerations.com, Molly Gold gomominc.com, Beth Feldman rolemommy.com, Niri Jaganath mommyniri.com, Katja Presnal skimbacolifestyle.com, Kelly Loubet everydaychildhood.com, Julie Cole mabelslabels.com, Linda Grant nycsinglemom.com, Katrina Carefoot ficklefeline.ca, Dagmar Bleasdale Dagmar’s momsense and Sherry Aikens babypop.com
We are all reaching out to our large social media following to enlist other women to post about Moms4Moms to raise awareness and ask for donations on a singular day, April 27, hopefully across the U.S and globally.
Two nights ago we all participated in a huge #moms4moms Twitter party and since we started working on this project a week ago, that hashtag was mentioned almost 21 million times on Twitter. Amazing! The response to the party was so overwhelming, it looks like we will have another one next week, hopefully with Christy chiming in.
Christy Turlington Burns’s Every Mother Counts is an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for maternal and child health. The keystone of the campaign is www.everymothercounts.org, an interactive platform providing the tools to raise awareness, education. and action.
The Moms4Moms movement uses social media to support moms around the world this Mother’s Day, and I couldn’t be prouder to be part of this important campaign with all these other amazing bloggers.
Want to help? Easy: spread the word by stumbling and tweeting this post, or share it via Facebook or e-mail. Ask people to donate a part of their Mother’s Day gifts. Or feel free to take any facts from this post and write your own post about Moms4Moms. You can watch the premiere of Christy’s documentary “No Woman, No Cry” on the OWN Network Saturday, May 7 from 9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT.
We can all make a big difference in raising awareness — and donations — for maternal health.