How Christy Turlington Burns is Making Childbirth Safe for Women

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We are so grateful to our launch partners founding partner PNG and Bank of America. Together, we're bringing you something good every day and it wouldn't be possible without their support. Welcome to this episode of here's something good a production of the Seneca Women podcast work and iheartradio. Each day we aspire to bring you the good news, the silver lining the glass half full because there is good happening in the world everywhere everyday. We just need to look for in share it. Here's something good for today. You've probably seen her face even if you don't know her name Christy Turlington Burns rained for years as one of fashion's top models her face on magazine covers in every corner of the planet. But since two thousand and ten, she is focused on a mission that is strikingly different but equally global ensuring that every woman everywhere experiences a safe pregnancy and childbirth. As, the founder every mother counts Christie has been bringing positive change to the worldwide crisis of maternal mortality a crisis. So large that every year three, hundred and three thousand women die as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. Christie calls these quote stupid debts because they are so unnecessary. Every mother counts helping through its awareness campaigns, lobbying and fundraising that supports the ground organizations. Now the original impetus for every mother counts was Christie's own experience with the birth of her daughter grace in two thousand three. Christie suffered dangerous complications that led her to think about the situation of women who don't have her advantages or access to good healthcare. I talked to Christie for this week's episode of made by women. In this brief excerpt Christie tells about the moment she realized that maternal mortality was a much bigger issue than she thought, and that's a huge concern not only in the developing world but in the US well. Here's what she had to say. You started every mother counts in twenty ten. Can you tell us a little bit about the issue itself and you know we often think about maternal mortality being a developing world issue but I think you've educated us to the fact that that's in fact completely false. I think when I started to learn about maternal mortality I really like I was shocked because I thought you know I'm becoming a mom and I don't even know that that that. This is an issue still like in the twenty first century that women are dying bringing life into the world so that that first realization than like digging a little bit deeper for me I think once they learned that there was a problem I thought. Okay. Well, clearly, this is happening in in low income countries. If it's happening at all it's happening in places where you know there's an infrastructure and there isn't a health system and then I learned you know in that process of exploring was happening outside of the United States that the US was ranked or ably also, we are in our second decade where the term mortality rates have. Tended to be on the rise, and we are one of only two industrial. Industrialized countries with a rising maternal mortality rate back in two thousand and three. When I became a mom I think we're ranked forty first in the world and today we are ranked fifth. So we've fallen really far behind in just ten years just a decade. So you know I look at this issue as a global tragedy which it is, and still there's this education curve. Letting people understand that the United States is part of a global community. So before starting in the organization I, actually documentary film that thumbs called no woman no cry and so between two, thousand, eight, thousand, ten, I travel around the world really documenting stories of women and families, and really the film became this great medium for people to be able to see like their strangler statistics. But then to be able to see the faces, your women speaking about their struggles, their challenges but then also putting a framework which was look what can be done and so getting bad awareness and bringing people into that conversation notches, heads of state or policy makers everyday people. Christy Turlington Burns has had so much impact over the last ten years. Every mother counts has saved innumerable lives and has touch more than seven, hundred, thousand people around the world. So here's something good for today. Christy Turlington Burns shows us what happens when you use your power for purpose. Her story also reveals how important it is to keep an open mind to learn to grow and change as we become aware of new facs. There are lots of ways that you can get involved in improving the health of mothers everywhere. Go to every mother counts dot Org to learn more and join me for tomorrow's episode of made by women to hear more about Christie's journey and the lesson she learned along the way. Have a great day. Thank you for listening and please share today something good with others in your life. This is Kim as early co author fast forward and Co founder of Senegal women to learn more about. Seneca. Women go to Seneca women, dot com or download the Seneca women APP free in the APP STORE Here's something. Good is a production of a Seneca woman podcast network and iheartradio. Have a great day. For more podcast from iheartradio, check out the iheartradio APP apple podcasts or wherever you listen to your favorite shows. 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