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Women Deliver is an advocacy group that attempts to bring attention to the issue of women’s health and well-being around the globe. This week, from May 28-30, they’re hosting their 3rd Global Conference in Kuala Lumpur. Maternal health is a huge focus for the group, which is one of the reasons we wanted to share some information about this Conference here on the Saving Mothers blog.

Please take a minute to check out Women Deliver’s website- there’s all kinds of terrific information about the conference (speakers, participants, side events) as well as information about how the organization has worked to raise awareness for women’s health all around the world. This organization has really done an incredible job of reaching out and facilitating the partnerships that are necessary to improve global conditions for women and moving the dialogue forward.

We’ll be tweeting/Facebooking about some of the topics to come out of this conference over the next few days, so keep checking in!

Greetings friends!

Our Saving Mothers Lifestyle Modification Program kicked off a new series of events at Mount Sinai’s Prenatal Clinic entitled Small Changes that Make a Big Difference. Many patients of this clinic population have an above-average body mass index (BMI) and are at risk for developing medical complications during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and pre-eclampsia. To combat this issue, Saving Mothers volunteers mentor these pregnant women, specifically obese patients, on how lifestyle changes can help them achieve a healthy target weight.

At our most recent event, we provided nutrition information and samples of the healthier options offered at local fast food restaurants. Based on socioeconomic factors and their busy lives, we understand that many clinic patients can’t avoid dining at McDonalds, Subway, and Dunkin’ Donuts. But we hope with a little education and modification, our patients can make the big changes they need to live healthier lives for themselves and their children.

On May 4th, Saving Mothers hosted a charity ride @ Soul Cycle’s NOHO studio. Instructor Jolie Walsh lead our Saving Mothers cyclists as more than 60 riders spun to support mothers and women around the world. Her inspirational words and energizing music enabled for this 45 minute cardio party to touch everyone both physically and mentally, which was evident by both the sweat and smiles of our riders.

We’d like to thank our sponsors Lululemon, Neuro drinks, InStyle magazine, Zico coconut water, and Calvin Klein fragrances who donated products for our event’s gift bags. Special thanks go out to Jolie Walsh (instructor), Bianna Golodryga (for helping coordinate), Soul Cycle, our riders and everyone who supported our event for making it a huge success. We raised a total of $8400 and everyone had tons of fun doing it! Huge thanks for everyone who made this an awesome event!

Still want to donate? Click here and you can still our event today!

View more photos of the event by clicking here.


Left to right: Samantha (Saving Mothers’ Community Programs Director & coordinator of this event), Bianna Golodryga (helped coordinate the event), Jolie Walsh (instructor)


Happy riders who spun to save mothers!

Our riders each got a gift bag thanks to our sponsors:  Lululemon (headband), Neuro drinks, InStyle magazine, Zico coconut water, and Calvin Klein fragrances. 


Saving Mothers’ Team (left to right): Valerie Gruhn, Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, Jes Oliveira

New York moms came together for a “night out” at Mommybites’ summit to mingle at venue where they can shop and hear a guest speakers, including Martha Stewart, Oprah, and GTV guest Andrew Mellen. All of the vendors have a table to sell maternity and parenting related merchandise. A table was donated for Saving Mothers to be able to spread awareness for our cause, sell Mother’s Day cards, SM totes and T-shirts for donations. We were also able to sell out charity ride this Saturday!

Mommybites is a national blog for mothers to be able to connect, educate, and support each other. This event is was organized by the New York division. For a link to the event, click here:

Have you heard of Impatient Optimists? It’s an offshoot of the Gates Foundation that features the work of the foundation’s partners regarding health, alleviation of poverty, and other important social issues. It’s a pretty cool site and this week it featured a discussion of the Global Newborn Health Conference that recently took place in South Africa. It’s terrific to see organizations like the Gates Foundation, USAID, UNICEF and the WHO working together to raise awareness of newborn health in the developing world. Take a minute to check out Impatient Optimists and learn a bit more about the work that’s being done to educate the public about improving newborn health!

Image via Impatient Optimists

Mommybites Summit is a unique and fun night-out for New York moms and moms-to-be to come together and mingle at the beautiful New Yorker Hotel where they can shop, schmooze, enjoy free gifts, and hear a guest speakers (including Martha Stewart, Oprah, and GTV guest Andrew Mellen).

Saving Mothers will be there at our very own table, manned by some of our team members, spreading awareness of our surgical missions, selling exclusive SM merchandise for donations, promoting our upcoming SoulCycle Ride for Charity (May 4th) and Mothers Day campaign (through May 12).

Not an event to be missed!!  All info can be found here:

See you on May 1st, NY Mamas!

Check out this guest blog on balancing medicine and motherhood by our very own Medical Programs Director, Dr. Taraneh Shirazian

Calling all New Yorkers: Tomorrow, Tuesday April 16th, stop off at the Pinkberry in Gramercy (350 3rd Ave btwn 25th & 26th), have yourself a tasty snack, and watch 20% of the proceeds go to Saving Mothers! Just show them this attached photo and YOU CAN HELP US SAVE LIVES!

From Dr. Erin Gertz, Saving Mothers Global Health Fellow:

"I had the wonderful opportunity to go to the D.R. 2 weeks ahead of the surgical team in order to see and screen patients in the rural areas where ILAC works.  Side-by-side with the Cooperadores, we were able to see 297 patients with gynecologic issues in that short time!  Each community welcomed me with open arms and made me as if I was one of their own.

ILAC works with 142 “Cooperadores” - the rural healthcare volunteers chosen by their own community to provide basic healthcare outreach and referral.  The Cooperadores also accompany patients from their community to ILAC on the day of surgery, room overnight with the patients, and travel back home with them, while keeping a watchful eye for any sign of post-operative complications.”image

From March 30th to April 5th, our Saving Mothers surgical team descended on Santiago, DR to screen, treat, and educate 137 different patients. During our week of surgeries, our team performed 42 separate life-saving and completely FREE gynecological procedures on 35 different women, many of whom had never seen a doctor before in their lives.

We worked closely with local health care professionals, showing them new techniques, sharing ideas, and continuing to strengthen the relationship Saving Mothers has built with the Santiago community.

We did our work in the clinic at the Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) Center,  housed at “La Mision” located 7.5 kilometers outside Santiago. Located in the second largest city of the Dominican Republic, the ILAC Center provides numerous opportunities for students and health care professionals to grow personally, professionally and spiritually through service to others. We had two operating rooms going simultaneously, plus several exam rooms and a fully-functioning PACU (Post-Anesthesia Care Unit), which allowed us to treat many women at different stages all at the same time.

We were able to perform more difficult surgeries than on past missions, due to some amazing equipment donated by generous people around the world.  Our standouts were our new headlamp, which allowed for MUCH better visibility, and our crown jewel, the cystoscope and monitor provided by STORZ, which we used to provide dozens of cystoscopies for the first time.

We had a wonderful time meeting so many amazing people and doing meaningful, life-saving work.  The full team in attendance was:

Dr. Taraneh Shirazian, Ob/Gyn, Saving Mothers Medical Programs Director; Dr. Erin Gertz, Ob/Gyn SM Global Fellow; Dr. Mamta Mamik, UroGyn; Dr. Salma Rahimi, UroGyn Fellow; Dr. Laura Desrosiers, UroGyn Fellow; Dr. Irene Osborn, Anesthesia; Dr. Andrew Perez, Anesthesia; Dr. Carrie Hamby, Anesthesia Resident; Ingrid Garnes, Registered Nurse; Valerie Davis, Registered Nurse; Samantha Smith, Registered Nurse; Estrelania Williams, Medical Student; Jonah Platt, PR Coordinator

We can’t wait for the chance to go back to the DR to continue working with the amazing people of the Santiago community.  Please take a moment to donate now — every single dollar helps us afford to bring health care to women around the globe, and we literally can’t do it without you!