As we celebrate Mother’s Day, let us not forget the many mothers worldwide who die unnecessarily in childbirth every year. Nearly 300,000 women die annually from pregnancy-related complications. Deaths occur in developing countries at 50 times the rate of developed countries primarily from lack of prenatal care, inadequate access to birth facilities and untrained birth attendants. The tragedy of a woman’s death in childbirth has tremendous impact on the remaining children as they have a two times greater chance of dying without their mothers.
As we remember our wonderful loving mothers on Mother’s Day, please look for opportunities to help change the continued epidemic of unnecessary maternal deaths worldwide.
DANIEL R. LATTANZI, M.D.
Co-Director of Global Health