Saving Mothers

Saving Mothers is a nonprofit committed to improving maternal health worldwide.
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Photo from Guatemala: Out with PRODESCA, a governmental outreach program. Saving Mothers is working with them to provide prenatal care and Pap smears to the local community in Santiago , Atitlan. - Jessica Oliveira, Guatemala Coordinator

Juana is the comadrona (mayan midwife). I am following while here for 3 months is Guatemala. I’ve been here for a month now and learning a lot about the opportunities for women and the healthcare system. - Jessica Oliveira, Guatemala Coordinator

My first homebirth here in Santiago, Atitlan. We were in the rural coffee feilds, in a small one room tin roofed house. I had to repair her lacerations with a camping headlight and some sutures and lidocaine…all while sitting cross-legged on her bed . We were to far from any medical facility and I had to respond quickly . Thanks to Saving Mothers’ clean birth kit, all was well! - Jessica Oliveira, Guatemala Coordinator

Below: 1) Coffee feilds in Tzanchaj where I had my first home birth. 2) The house 3) Happy mother and baby!

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HAPPY 2013!!!!!!!! New data from BRAC shows that investing girls is paying huge dividends: condom usage up by 12%, non-consenting sex down by 83% and more! 

http://blog.brac.net/2013/01/a-dividend-from-investing-in-girls-world-bank-blogger-and-previous-skeptic-weighs-in/

Check out the “Making Mothers Visible” project, a global photography exhibition from the International Museum of Women: http://mama.imow.org/makingmothersvisible

Remarkably touching video from Every Mother Counts.

When I stopped seeing my #mother through the eyes of a child, I saw the woman who helped me give birth to myself.
Nancy Friday

The Guardian just ran a great article about how achieving maternal health goals hinges on talking to and working with the people in the field and local communities — the midwives and community health workers who are too often overlooked.

Every day, thousands of community health workers, voluntary groups, teachers, entrepreneurs and civil servants engage in development activities in their own communities. They’re hands on, responding to the needs of their communities – sometimes with the assistance of NGOs and donors, sometimes not. They know what works, because they’re out there doing it; and they know what doesn’t work, because they’ve seen it fail.

There’s a real danger that the post-2015 process – though inspired by the same noble aims as the millennium development goals (MDGs) – will also share their failings. That is to say, they’ll be a set of goals and targets created by distant elites, and they’ll treat people as passive recipients of aid and development. Yet people are tired of being told what they need.

Continue reading here.

From The Huffington Post’s Jonathan Lewis:

Next month, I’m going to save a mom from dying in childbirth. I am not a doctor, not even a trained paramedic. I don’t plan to make a donation or heroically travel to some impoverished village in some distant and dangerous place to volunteer.

On November 6th for a few brief minutes, I am going to think, act and vote like a global citizen.

Read more and learn how you can vote to create a safer world for mothers-to-be.