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Hello and welcome to Mothers at Risk!

I launched Mothers at Risk in 2009 with a group of exceptional and committed women moved into action by the terrifying fact that a woman died every minute somewhere in the world from pregnancy and delivery complications. We were professional women who had become mothers recently and we felt a deep sense of solidarity with fellow mothers living in different circumstances than ours.

In my own experience, I suffered complications during the birth of my first child and I was taken aback both by how fortunate I was to have such an excellent team – obstetrician, midwives, nurses – and just how differently my son and I would have fared had we been in another part of the world where such care is not available.

After the birth of my second child, I had the privilege of working closely with Afghan women parliamentarians in a program lead by the American women’s organization Vital Voices. In the course of many hours of conversation with these exceptional Afghan women, almost all of them mentioned sisters, daughters, friends or neighbors who had not survived childbirth and precious babies lost at birth or as infants. What struck me most deeply was the resignation with which these women accepted these circumstances as a fact of life.

So back in Brussels we decided that if we could save even one woman’s life, that would be worth every effort. We discovered that there is wide-spread consensus on the interventions that are necessary to save a mother and baby. Women need access to family planning so they can plan and space their pregnancies. Expectant mothers need good prenatal care, and they need skilled care during delivery in case of complications. In a way, the solutions are simple; what is missing is enough will and sufficient resources to bring these to every mother, everywhere.

We registered Mothers at Risk as a non-profit organization in Belgium, and it is now a growing and vibrant network of people with a variety of skills, backgrounds, talents and resources, all of us volunteers. In our first years of existence we have supported projects to bring prenatal care and safe delivery to women in Tanzania, Haiti, Kenya and Nicaragua. We have invested in the education of girls so they will grow to be healthier mothers in Egypt. And we support women who face motherhood alone, in extreme conditions of social, economic and emotional vulnerability, in Morocco and in Brussels.

We are deeply committed to continuing to reduce the avoidable risk many mothers face.
Please do join us! Every contribution makes a difference.

Diana Perez-Buck
Founder,
Mothers at Risk