Celebrating All Mothers, Everywhere

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Motherhood and Justice: This special series, published at RH Reality Check in partnership with , examines various issues at the intersection of justice and motherhood.

Recent stories include: “,” by Marlene Sanchez; “,” by Lauren Guy-McAlpin; and “,” by Walidah Imarisha.

Strong Families, a project of , is a national initiative to change the way people think, feel and act in support of families. Read read accounts of motherhood at the , and view some of the  Strong Families has collected, along with this video:

: Want a new way to honor mothers? How about doing something that saves the lives of women around the world?

Nicholas Kristof writes about the work of Edna Adan, who runs a maternity hospital in Somaliland. The hospital is supported in part by the , who were prompted to get involved by about Adan’s work. From Kristof’s :

On a continent where hospitals are often dilapidated and depressing, Edna’s is modern, sterile and hums with efficiency. She lives in an apartment above the hospital so that she is available 24/7, and she accepts no salary. She also donates her U.N. pension each month to help pay hospital expenses.

So far, the hospital says it has delivered about 10,000 babies, some of them after the woman was rushed to the hospital gate in a wheelbarrow. Edna has also used her hospital to train Somali midwives to serve in remote areas. Training a midwife at Edna’s hospital costs $215 a month for 18 months — and then that midwife will save mothers and babies for many years.

If there’s ever a time when the needless deaths of women in childbirth — one every 90 seconds or so somewhere in the world, according to the United Nations — should be on our radar screen, it’s at Mother’s Day. And we know how to save those lives.

for read information about organizations doing great work, such as , (see its new report, ““), the and — which was was founded by six women who were shocked to learn that $14 billion was spent in the United States in 2010 on Mother’s Day celebrations. They’d like to see a portion of that money donated to spending on programs and services for those in need.

: Amnesty International has released an update to its 2010 report, “” (both are’s) that highlights important new studies and legislative developments.

Visit Amnesty’s for read information and links, including info about the .

Over at , AI’s blog, be sure to read “,” by Jennie Joseph, a midwife in Winter Garden, Fla. Joseph is clinical director of , a full-service midwifery clinic and birth center, and developer of the JJ Way, a midwifery curriculum geared toward eliminating disparities.

She is featured in Christy Turlington Burns’ documentary film “,” which tells the stories of at-risk pregnant women in four parts of the world. “No Woman, No Cry” makes its on the OWN network (as in Oprah’s). One read clip:

Plus: Finally, on a lighter note — what six words describe your mom? The New York Times is hosting a contest.  and . Amid the many joyful descriptions, some are heartbreakingly painful. Here’s one I could really identify with: Clenched teeth: “Deborah Ann, what now?”

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