• Maternal Mortality

    Maternal Mortality

    Feature: Maternal Mortality

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    Help save a mother's life

  • Nicholas Kristof

    Nicholas Kristof

    Nicholas Kristof on location in Somaliland calls on viewers to save the lives of mothers around the world this Mother's Day.

  • Christy Turlington Burns

    Christy Turlington Burns

    Christy Turlington Burns on the importance of access to prenatal care.

  • Gloria Steinem

    Gloria Steinem

    Gloria Steinem on maternal mortality.

Maternal Mortality

Sometimes a tiny gesture can inspire huge change. With a small amount, you can help save a mother's life. Donate here to join the effort to fight maternal mortality. 

For a woman in a developing country, giving birth can be one of the biggest threats to her life. For example, in Somaliland a woman faces a 1-in-12 chance of dying during childbirth. In the U.S. only 1 in 4,800 women faces that risk.

Though maternal mortality is one of the easiest forms of oppression to lift, it is one of the least addressed problems facing women, despite the ubiquity of childbirth.

The solutions are simple, and you can help. Join the Half the Sky movement and help ensure that newborn babies can have their mothers there to welcome them into the world.

Take Action

  1. Join the Movement. Stay informed about the remarkable organizations working on the ground to turn oppression into opportunity for women worldwide.

  2. Spread the Word. Share this video with your family, your friends and anyone within earshot of the highest rooftop near you.

  3. Save a Woman. A hospital bed, a simple surgery, a trained midwife. Your gift can save a woman and her child.

Organizations Making a Difference

Edna Adan Maternity Hospital
With Somaliland’s healthcare system decimated by civil war, the country has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world. Edna Adan Ismail built a maternity hospital to dramatically reduce that rate and is pursuing a goal to train and dispatch 1,000 midwives throughout the country.

The Fistula Foundation
Obstetric fistula is one of the most devastating and serious injuries a woman can sustain in childbirth if she no access to medical help. Her body broken, she often becomes an outcast in her community. A simple surgery can heal this injury and bring a woman out of isolation. The mission of the Fistula Foundation is to raise awareness and funds for fistula treatment, prevention and educational programs worldwide.


Every four minutes in Bangladesh, an infant dies because its mother didn’t have access to proper prenatal and postnatal care. Every 45 minutes, a woman in Bangladesh dies from complications in pregnancy or childbirth. BRAC works with a network of health promoters to prevent these deaths by providing basic nutrition and care to pregnant women and their newborns.

Every Mother Counts

A woman dies every 90 seconds from complications of pregnancy; 90 percent of those deaths are preventable. Every Mother Counts is an advocacy and mobilization campaign to increase education and support for the reduction of maternal mortality across the world.