On Mother’s Day, CRWG’s Visiting Research Specialist, Katie Garland, attended the March for Moms in Washington DC. Over 100 maternal health advocates, researchers, practitioners and families gathered at the Jefferson Memorial to draw attention to poor maternal health outcomes in the US and around the world.
A diverse group of stakeholders came together for the march including the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, DONA International, Frontier Nursing University and March of Dimes, among many others. Translating research to action was a particular theme of the march, as speakers both highlighted maternal health issues and called for action on these issues.
Christy Turlington Burns, supermodel and founder of Every Mother Counts, discussed the global burden of maternal mortality. Her experience having a postpartum hemorrhage giving birth to her first child inspired her to found Every Mother Counts, which funds projects working to prevent maternal mortality around the world.
Neel Shah, MD from Harvard University encouraged attendees to tell their senators to oppose the massive cuts to Medicaid proposed in American Health Care Act, which he called “a slap in the face” to mothers. Medicaid pays for half of births in America, so the proposed $880 billion cut to Medicaid would be particularly devastating to American Moms.
It’s time to seriously invest in the health of American mothers. Events like this are just the beginning to bring together diverse stakeholders to advocate for more resources to ensure the health of all mothers!