Social Media Moms Help Moms In Need This Mother’s Day!

MY VIEWS | | April 27, 2011 at 10:21 am

When Holly Pavlika told me about a project she had in mind about helping moms in need this Mother’s Day, she had my full interest. Well maybe 50% as I was driving my kid to school when we spoke. I am a total sucker for all things philanthropic (as you would know by the launch of my Mommy Niri Cares site) but I also knew Holly would be perfect for work with. We, with the speed of lightning, gathered 12 moms to join forces. Did I say 12 moms? I really meant 12 influential social media moms!

I am not going to relay all the facts here, you should visit Holly’s post and also see the Facebook page to get a run down.

Here’s the skinny:

$14.6 billion* was spent on Mother’s Day presents last year in the U.S. alone!

One word: Ridiculous! Now I am a mama who loves good things as much as my girlfriend but listen up, we need to keep that gifting in check. There are people out there that need us. Yes, it matters to us. It should. We are known for our compassion and nurturing spirit and that should extend beyond our boundaries. Whether the social, medical or political circumstances are the reasons for harm, we should be the healing force. What is that?

“I can’t afford to help??”

Oh, yes you can. Don’t give me that. Everyone can help. Whether it is by tweeting, FB’ing, writing a post, donating money (as little as $5 helps), or donating your old cell-phone (even the tab for shipping is picked up).

“So who will this help?”

Every Mother Counts is an organization Christy Turlington started after her own home birth went awry. The documentary will air on the Oprah Winfrey Network on May 7th at 9:30–11 p.m. (ET/PT). The organization works with maternal deaths and supports moms in several countries. Here are some stats, read them and weep as they are weep-worthy:

  • There is one maternal death every 90 seconds. So by the time you would have read this post, lives are being lost!
  • 15% of all pregnancies result in complications during labor and delivery and sometimes are fatal. Shocking in this day and age!
  • Pregnancy is the biggest killer of girls ages 15-19. This is an age we don’t even consider when we think about moms.
  • For every woman who dies in childbirth, 20 more suffer from debilitating complications. Which also means that several complications go uncounted and lives are forever impacted.
  • We have the knowledge to prevent 90% of all maternal deaths. Not only knowledge, but power too!

Will you post today?

Join Holly , myself (MommyNiri) and my fellow friends below as we show the power of social media moms

Audrey McClelland, Mom Generations
Linda Grant,
Beth Feldman,
Erica Diamond,
Kelly Loubet, Everyday Childhood
Katja Presnal,
Karina Asner Carefoot,
Julie Cole, Mabel’s Labels
Molly Hayden Gold, The GO MOM! Organizer
Dagmar Bleasdale,
Dagmar’s momsense

*National Retail Federation.

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