Get Involved: 21 Organizations Dedicated to Improving Pregnancy and Postpartum Care
I was dismayed but sadly not shocked to learn that American has the high maternal mortality rate in the developed world. My own maternal care in a highly advanced medical system in a major city left a lot to be desired. My postpartum care was nearly nonexistent and I was left with scars — both physical and emotional — that went unhealed. And I’m one of the lucky ones. There are more stories than many of us may realize of wrongful medications, ignoring preeclampsia symptoms, failure to address postpartum emotional disorders, and other major oversights or outright wrongdoing in the medical system that affects mothers deeply and can be deadly.
Fortunately, mamas know how to fight and they are doing just that. There are many organizations dedicated to helping mothers around the world have safer, more empowered pregnancies, births, and postpartum periods. I’m listing them here in hopes that one will call you to you and you can find a way to help other mamas and in turn, ourselves.
Every Mother Counts: Dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. We educate the public about maternal health, engage individuals to advocate for the well-being of mothers, and invest in community-led programs to improve access to essential maternity care.
Childbirth Connection: Launched a long-term program to promote evidence-based maternity care through policy and quality initiatives. We will continue working to improve and transform the nation’s maternity care system so that childbearing women and babies consistently receive high-quality, woman- and family-centered care.
Improving Birth: Provides resources and tools that help individuals and families heal from and take action after experiencing traumatic birth as a result of a broken healthcare system; bring together members of the community to work toward improving birth together; grassroots advocacy to improve maternity care.
International Cesarean Awareness Network: Dedicated to improving maternal-child health by reducing preventable cesareans through education, supporting cesarean recovery, and advocating for vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).
Choices in Childbirth: Educates, advocates and shapes policy to help families make informed decisions about where, how, and with whom to birth and to increase access to childbirth services that support healthy birth outcomes.
Postpartum Support International: Promotes awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing in every country worldwide.
Mobile Mama Alliance: A global community designed to deliver vital health information to new and expectant mothers and their families through mobile phones.
Informed Decisions for Actions in Maternal and Newborn Health Project (IDEAS): aims to improve the health and survival of mothers and babies through generating evidence to inform policy and practice in Ethiopia, Nigeria and India.
IntraHealth International: For over 35 years in 100 countries, they have partnered with local communities to make sure health workers are present where they’re needed most, ready to do the job, connected to the technology they need, and safe to do their very best work.
Jacaranda Health: Aims to make pregnancy and childbirth safer for women and newborns by transforming maternity care in East Africa. They build private maternity clinics in peri-urban areas and provide patient-centered care that combines quality and affordability.
Jhpiego: An international, non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University. For 40 years and in over 155 countries, Jhpiego has worked to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families through educating and preparing front-line health workers (doctors, nurses, midwives and community health workers) with evidence-based skills and techniques to deliver quality health care. .
MamaYe: A program led by African experts in Kenya, Nigeria and Ethiopia to improve the chances of maternal and newborn survival in sub-Saharan Africa.
Maternity Worldwide: A charity which works in low-income countries to help women and girls access the high quality maternal health care they need to be able to give birth safely.
Maternal and Child Survival Program: A multi-partner, flagship program in support of USAID’s priority goal of preventing child and maternal deaths.
Perinatal Task Force: Building a network of support to transform maternity outcomes in the USA. The NPTF is a grassroots movement to start and grow Perinatal Safe Spots (PSS) in every Materno-Toxic Area.
Save the Mothers: Trains professionals from developing countries to improve mothers’ health in their communities.
Saving Mothers: Provides hands on services to help prevent maternal death through safe birth and postpartum hemorrhage kits, surgical interventions and hands-on training.
Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine: Supports the clinical practice of maternal-fetal medicine by providing education, promoting research, and engaging in advocacy to to optimize the health of high-risk pregnant women and their babies.
United Nations Population Fund: The United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Their mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.
The Wellbeing Foundation Africa: Striving to improve health outcomes for women, infants and children. Over 200,000 women have taken part in the flagship ‘MamaCare’ classes in Nigeria. Despite dire national maternal mortality rates, they have not yet lost a single MamaCare mother. The WBFA midwives transform the lives of mothers, their children and communities – and for whom no topic is off-limits.
White Ribbon Alliance: Through its vast network of National Alliances, WRA is activating the global movement for reproductive, maternal and newborn health and rights. Educates women about their health and rights, then equips them to lead change in their own communities.