Wednesday, April 27, 2011

social media moms help moms in need this mother's day!

When Nirasha Jaganath told me about a project she was participating in that was about helping moms in need this Mother’s Day, she had me "at hello". I have recently become a contributor for her site Mommy Niri Cares and being asked to be a part of this project was really exciting. Holly Pavlika led this initiative and within one afternoon, she gathered 12 moms to join forces. But not just any 12 moms. 12 influential social media moms!

I am not going to relay all the facts here, you should visit Holly’s post and also see the Facebook page to get a run down.

Here are the facts:

$14.6 billion* was spent on Mother’s Day presents last year in the U.S. alone!
One word: Ridiculous! Now I like perfume and lovely wine as much as anyone else but listen up, we need to keep that gifting in check. There are people out there that need us. Yes, it matters to us. It should. We are known for our compassion and nurturing spirit and that should extend beyond our boundaries. Whether the social, medical or political circumstances are the reasons for harm, we should be the healing force. What is that?
“I can’t afford to help??”
Oh, yes you can. Don’t give me that. Everyone can help. Whether it is by tweeting, FB’ing, writing a post, donating money (as little as $5 helps), or donating your old cell-phone (even the tab for shipping is picked up).
“So who will this help?”
Every Mother Counts is an organization Christy Turlington started after her own home birth went awry. The documentary will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network on May 7th at 9:30–11 p.m. (ET/PT). The organization works with maternal deaths and supports moms in several countries. Here are some stats, read them and weep as they are weep-worthy:
  • There is one maternal death every 90 seconds. So by the time you would have read this post, lives are being lost!
  • 15% of all pregnancies result in complications during labor and delivery and sometimes are fatal. Shocking in this day and age!
  • Pregnancy is the biggest killer of girls ages 15-19. This is an age we don’t even consider when we think about moms.
  • For every woman who dies in childbirth, 20 more suffer from debilitating complications. Which also means that several complications go uncounted and lives are forever impacted.
  • We have the knowledge to prevent 90% of all maternal deaths. Not only knowledge, but power too!

Will you post today?

Join Holly, Nirasha, myself and my fellow friends below as we show the power of social media moms
Audrey McClelland, Mom Generations
Linda Grant,
Beth Feldman,
Erica Diamond,
Kelly Loubet, 
Everyday Childhood
Katja Presnal,
Karina Asner Carefoot,
Julie Cole, 
Mabel’s Labels
Molly Hayden Gold, 
The GO MOM! Organizer
Dagmar Bleasdale, 
Dagmar’s momsense

1 comment:

  1. It is a shame that many people is suffering around the globe, specially women, who are often mistreated,.