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I remember my oldest son’s birth like it was yesterday. Out of my four children, he was the one that I had the most trouble delivering. My labor lasted 3 days. I went into labor early. He had to be manually turned into the birthing position because he was sideways in my womb. He’d torn several ligaments during the pregnancy. It was a dry birth, since my water had broken a few days prior. To top it off, I had to be placed on medicines after his birth due to excessive bleeding.
With so many complications during my birthing process, I knew without a doubt that any number of things could take a turn for the worse. I was afraid, and without the guidance and support from my physician and medical team, my son’s delivery would not have been successful.
While my baby days are behind me, because of my own personal experience I know the dangers that can arise during pregnancy and childbirth. Some childbirths unfortunately result in fatal consequences. In fact, every day 800 women around the world die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Most of these deaths are preventable. 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 10 minutes, a woman in the U.S. nearly dies.
So since I have a family of young women who are currently pregnant or are planning their families, I want to learn more about having a safe and healthy birth experience.
That is why I am excited to be attending the Merck for Mothers event this year at BlogHer ’14 in San Jose, California. Held at the Fairmont Hotel, the event will allow me the opportunity to learn about maternal mortality, and discover the ways that I can help create a world where pregnancy and childbirth complications and mortalities are nonexistent. I will also meet with Dr. Priya Agrawal, a global thought leader on the health of pregnant women. The event is part of Merck for Mothers’ 10-year, $500 million initiative to advance solutions with the greatest potential to save women’s lives.
Can you imagine a world where no woman dies or suffers preventable complications while bringing a life into the world? I surely can. I am so eager to get involved with the Merck for Mothers event at BlogHer ’14 in order to discover new ways to save lives.
In a single word, what does motherhood mean to you? Share with me below or tell me at: email@example.com.