Monday, May 04, 2009

Support midwifery, save a life

Since May 5th is International Midwives Day, I wanted to do two things. First, say thank you to the two midwives who attended my second son's birth, at home.

And second, spread the word about Americans For UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, which provides women’s health care and promotes the rights of women around the world. AMERICANS FOR UNFPA is dedicated to building moral, political and financial support within the United States for the work of UNFPA.

Every minute a woman dies in childbirth somewhere in the world — 536,000 deaths per year — and almost all of them are preventable. Every year, the world loses $15 billion in productivity because of maternal death. It would only cost $6 billion to provide the health services to save women's lives. The Obama administration has restored funding of UNFPA, which had been suspended since 2002. And in March, Congress allocated $50 million to UNFPA and its life saving programs in 150 countries around the world. With this financial contribution the U.S. stands in solidarity with the world’s women and the 180 governments that support UNFPA’s efforts each year. This contribution will help support, among other UNFPA initiatives, training midwives to make birth safer.
Click here to help end maternal death, and declare yourself an American for UNFPA.

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