Mom’s Health Matters

May 10th, 2013

Mom’s Health Matters (On Mother’s Day & Every Day)

At HMHB, we celebrate motherhood all year long – and work every day to promote maternal health and safety.  But on this special day for honoring mothers, we are especially mindful of mom’s health, and the many ways in which it matters.

It is particularly difficult on Mother’s Day to accept that the U.S. ranks a dismal 50th in the world for maternal mortality, that our rate of maternal mortality has doubled in the past 25 years, that our infant mortality rate remains one of the highest among developed countries, and that disparities persist in creating disproportionately heavy burdens for some women and their babies.

We believe that the nation can do better for mothers. We also believe this: childbearing and mothering that is informed and empowered – as well as supported by access to consistent, quality care and resources – has a profound effect on women, children, families, and entire communities. That’s why we’re proud to work with our many partners to support and promote these goals.

A few of our favorite mothers helped us reflect on why “mom’s health matters.” This Mother’s Day weekend, please join the conversation by sharing your response in the comments and in social media – at our Facebook page and on Twitter using #MomsHealthMatters.

“Mom’s health matters because mothers are the heart of families.”  

-Janine Lewis, HMHB Board of Directors and Executive Director, Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition





“Mom’s health matters because you’re the one that’s there with your baby. I’m breastfeeding, so if I’m healthy she’s healthy. My health will reflect on her. If I’m healthy, I can take care of her.”

-Jaclyn G., text4baby mom





“Mom’s health matters because she sets the standard for healthy living for so many around her at home and in the workplace.”

-Deb Discenza, National Premature Infant Health Coalition Steering Committee, co-author of The Preemie Parent’s Survival Guide to the NICU, and co-founder of PreemieWorld, LLC



“Mom’s health matters because the body holds the mind and heart. If my body is not well then everything else is affected, including my capacity to care for and teach my daughter.”

-Sarah Ingersoll, text4baby Campaign Director, HMHB





“Mom’s health matters because health and intelligence are two blessings of life.”

-Lola Stevens, HMHB Office Manager





“Mom’s health matters because we shape the world.”

- Luisa Soaterna-Castaneda, text4baby Multicultural Outreach Coordinator, HMHB





“Mom’s health matters because we teach our children how to value and take care of themselves.”

-Andrea Goodman, HMHB Program Manager





Happy Mother’s Day, moms! Your health matters, today and every day.