Friday, May 6, 2011

Every Mother Counts on Mother's Day and every day

I bought a CD yesterday, and it will help save a mother's life.

A woman dies every 90 seconds from complications from pregnancy or childbirth -- and 90% of those deaths could be prevented. That's what's behind the Every Mother Counts campaign to educate people about how mother's lives (mostly in developing countries) can be saved.

The campaign was started by supermodel Christy Turlington Burns, who is behind the documentary No Woman, No Cry, which premieres this Saturday night at 9:30 pm on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Burns directed and produced No Woman, No Cry, no doubt encouraged by her filmmaker husband, Ed Burns.

That's where my new CD comes in, which is named for the campaign, Every Mother Counts. It's a compilation featuring songs by Madonna, the Dixie Chicks, Jennifer Lopez, Sheryl Crow, Ani DiFranco and other women artists. The album is available at Starbucks for $12.99, and $8.00 of that goes to CARE's maternal health programs.

There are other ways to take action and help efforts that aid mothers.

Right here in my state of Florida, midwife Jennie Joseph has worked with the Every Mother Counts campaign, and she appears in the film.

As we're thinking of Mother's Day this weekend, we can think of mothers who aren't ever given the chance to take care of their babies, and offer help to prevent that from happening to more women.