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Celebrating Birth Stories

Every day, in every corner of the globe, a mother welcomes a baby into the world. Most of the time, this is a joyous occasion for the mother, her family and friends. Yet, every two minutes somewhere in the world, a woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth.  Leading causes of death include:

  • severe bleeding (mostly bleeding after childbirth)
  • infections (usually after childbirth)
  • high blood pressure during pregnancy (pre-eclampsia and eclampsia)

Almost all maternal deaths (99 percent) occur in developing countries where access to health services is limited because of poverty, distance, lack of information and cultural practices.

These statistics don’t tell the whole story. The ripple effect of a mother’s death on the health and well-being of her family can be enormous.

Merck for Mothers is raising awareness of maternal mortality by encouraging mothers to tell their birth stories and learn more on the Merck for Mothers Facebook page.  For every story posted, Merck will make a donation to Join My Village, a program from CARE that empowers women and girls and supports safe pregnancies and deliveries.

The birth of every baby is a personal and individual experience. Share yours to help provide safe births for others.