Grants Will Support Prenatal Care Visits and Prenatal Education for Low-Income and Uninsured Women in Central Florida

NEW YORK, NY –May 10, 2013–Every Mother Counts (EMC), a campaign to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world, today announced its first U.S. grant partner, The Birth Place,. The grant will support life-saving measures for low-income women in Central Florida, with a grant of $45,000 providing prenatal care visits for pregnant women and a grant of $18,000 covering the cost of prenatal education classes – which are crucial for preventing complications and deaths related to childbirth. Despite being the richest country in the world, the U.S. ranks 50th in the world for maternal mortality – the worst of industrialized nations.

 “The U.S. has tremendous access to resources compared to women in other countries, but this hasn’t translated to a reduction in maternal mortality. Access to prenatal education and care are crucial for reducing this disparity, and The Birth Place is committed to serving women regardless of their ability to pay,” said Erin Thornton, Executive Director, Every Mother Counts. “This grant marks an important milestone in our commitment to ensuring that all women have the resources, care, and support they need, and our goal of eliminating the preventable deaths that occur during pregnancy and childbirth.”

 EMC’s support of prenatal resources at The Birth Place marks an investment in simple yet highly effective solutions that can improve maternal and newborn health outcomes. Women who do not receive prenatal care are three to four times more likely to die than women who do, and those with high-risk pregnancies are over five times more likely to die if they do not receive prenatal care. Prenatal education has been found to be an effective and critical element of prenatal care, particularly for low-income women. EMC’s grant will support prenatal visits for patients who would otherwise not receive the full recommended number of visits, as well as the provision of prenatal education classes for all of the aforementioned patients. 

 “EMC has done incredible work around the globe, and we are thrilled to be their first U.S. partner. We are working every day to make sure that women receive the care and resources they deserve to protect their health and their babies; no one is turned away,” said Jennie Joseph of The Birth Place. “Like EMC, The Birth Place is committed to helping all moms have the pregnancy and birth of their dreams, including the most vulnerable populations.”

 While Every Mother Counts will remain primarily focused on advocacy, the organization set out to raise funds from the public through events, product partnerships and individual donations so as to directly link the public to life-saving efforts on the ground. As EMC expands, it will continue to find and support the best programs worldwide, helping to improve the lives of girls and women across the globe, and will remain committed to tracking those investments on its website, www.everymothercounts.org.