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
-Jaclyn G., text4baby mom
-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
-Sarah Ingersoll, text4baby Campaign Director, HMHB
-Lola Stevens, HMHB Office Manager
- Luisa Soaterna-Castaneda, text4baby Multicultural Outreach Coordinator, HMHB
-Andrea Goodman, HMHB Program Manager
Happy Mother’s Day, moms! Your health matters, today and every day.