The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project

From the Safe Motherhood website:

The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project is a national effort developed to draw public attention to the current maternal death rates, as well as to the gross underreporting of maternal deaths in the United States, and to honor those women who have died of pregnancy-related causes since 1982.

This is a wonderful visual adjunct to my previous post on maternal mortality, with additional statistics. This project is the vision of Ina May Gaskin, who nearly single-handedly brought back midwifery, home birth, and normal birth in the 70s. She also wrote an article about this, “Masking Maternal Mortality,” in the current issue of Mothering magazine. I think it is an important reminder of how much further we have to go. Please visit this site, and if you know of someone who died of pregnancy-related causes within 1 year of the end of her pregnancy (whether miscarriage, abortion, or birth), you may there find out how to add a quilt block in her memory.

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