Merck for Mothers and What Motherhood Means to Me

“I split my pubic bone giving birth.” I have said that sentence many times because I think in some way I still can’t believe it actually happened to me… twice.  Was it unexpected?  The first time, yes.  Was it painful?  Incredibly.  Was it life threatening?  No. Giving birth for me was not a life threatening situation… and even if it had become one, I had quick access to modern medical care that would’ve made my chances of survival very, very good.
Not every woman has those chances.
I’d like to announce to you that I am presently a blog ambassador for Merck for Mothers.  Merck for Mothers is a 10-year, $500 million initiative dedicated to the issue of maternal mortality, both globally and here in the United States.  In fact, here in the U.S., the number of deaths from complications of pregnancy and childbirth has more than doubled in the past 20 years… and every day 800 women around the world die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.  
It’s tremendously sad to me that so often giving life also ends in losing life. Most of these deaths are preventable, and that’s what Merck for Mothers is working to raise awareness of.  They already have a presence in places like Uganda where they are focusing on “fortifying the network of private health providers, improving access to maternal health supplies and information, making care affordable, and developing community-based transportation models to get women to care during an emergency.”
While I am in San Jose this week for the BlogHer’14 conference, I will also be attending a special event hosted by Merck for Mothers.  There I will learn more about their work, and what I can do to help raise awareness and support their efforts.
You can learn more too by visiting or
They’ve asked me to pick a single word that describes what motherhood means to me.
For me that word is “life” – growing life, fostering life, guiding a life… through living a life.
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I think more mothers deserve that chance.
If you’re a mother, and you had only one word to use…
Tell me: What does motherhood mean to you?
Now go squeeze and smooch your babies.


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