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Celebrate Mother’s Day: Support Maternal Health

While we’re all browsing the web for ideas for Mother’s Day, this is also a time to consider mothers-to-be. For most women, whether you’re expecting your first or your fourth child, anticipating the arrival of a baby is fraught with anxiety. For women without access to proper maternal care and a safe delivery, it’s a nightmare.

Access to safe, affordable maternal care is a struggle for women globally. Did you know 303,000 women die every year as a result of complications during pregnancy and childbirth? That’s one woman every two minutes. It is also still a struggle for expectant mothers in the United States, where the maternal mortality rate has risen. Although 99% of Maternal Deaths occur in the developing world, In America two women die every day from preventable pregnancy complications as a result of a lack of access. 

The sad reality is that 98% of these maternal deaths are preventable.

As part of the movement to create a global network of women supporting women, Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to honor mothers and women around the world by supporting a cause that, at its core, is close to every person’s heart.

Pass the #OrangeRose.

We a proud to partner with Every Mother Counts (EMC) an organization that is supporting the global community by providing mothers around the world with access to maternal care. Their life-saving grants for pregnant women have impacted over 600,000 lives.

The orange rose is the universal symbol of maternal health. This Mother’s Day, Every Mother Counts is encouraging individuals to ‘Pass the #Orange Rose’ as part of a campaign that raises awareness for maternal health and the preventable causes of death associated with childbearing.

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Top 5 Causes of Preventable Maternal Death:

1. Lack of access to properly trained staff and fully equipped clinics. This is not just a ‘third world problem.’ Access to maternal health care is disappearing in rural America, according to this recent article in Scientific American. Many women in  rural United States travel more than 90 minutes to deliver their baby. Most who make the trek end up delivering on the side of a road. When a rural hospital budget is cut, obstetrical wards are often the first to go. For example, in 1980, 45 of Alabama’s rural hospitals had obstetrical services. Today, in 2017, only 16 of them offer obstetrical care.

2. Postpartum bleeding. Postpartum bleeding — the result of not all of the placenta being delivered, a tear in the uterus, or poor blood clotting — occurs in up to 18% of births and is the most common maternal morbidity in developed countries.

3. Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Hypertensive disorders, the most well-known being preeclampsia (very high blood pressure due as a result of the pregnancy), are commonly spotted and addressed during routine maternal care. However, if a mother is not receiving this vital care and delivers without the assistance of medical professionals, she would have no way to spot the signs. When left untreated, it results in death during pregnancy or within six weeks of delivery.

4. Postpartum infections. Postpartum infections are another difficult one to spot with all of the trauma that a woman’s body goes through after delivery (akin to a major surgery). Also particularly difficult to catch if this was a mother’s first childbirth and she has no baseline for what’s considered feeling “normal” after delivery. The most common infection is puerperal sepsis. Individuals receiving maternal care would have this caught either in the hospital before discharge or by the their first routine checkup the week after delivery and are cured quickly and easily with antibiotics. Without that care, however, the outcome is quite the opposite.

5. Obstructed labor. Though the uterus appears to be contracting normally, during obstructed labor the baby cannot exit the pelvis. Without giving birth under the watchful eye of staff trained in the signs and protocol for obstructed labor or without the ability to transfer the mother to a  hospital where doctors can safely perform a caesarean section, this is another common complication that will result in a preventable maternal death.

Companies That Give Back: Maternal Health Mondays

Here at The Pajama Company, we can’t imagine a life without our mothers. Let’s work together and create a network of individuals and businesses who support the global community of women and ensure that more children can have a chance to make memories with their mom in 2017.

10% of every pajama sale on Maternal Health Monday will go directly to Every Mother Counts to

  • –Provide pre- and postnatal care and education for low-income, at-risk mothers in central Florida
  • –Provide electricity and training health workers to prevent deaths from postpartum hemorrhage in Tanzania
  • –Train midwives and provide emergency transfers from rural clinics to referral hospitals in Haiti
  • –Train activists and lawyers to document maternal health rights violations in India
  • –Provide transportation vouchers to pregnant women, enabling them to get to a clinic for the full course of prenatal care, safe delivery, and follow-up visit in Uganda
  • –Provide 1,000 women with the full range of pregnancy care in Bangladesh
  • –Recruit and train 6 professional Syrian midwives to provide emergency obstetric and trauma-based care inside Syria
  • –Train indigenous students from rural areas to become professional midwives in a university degree program in Guatemala

EMC works toward the goal of making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere. You can support EMC by donating directly or by supporting one of their partners, including us at The Pajama Company, TOMS, and Clare V.





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Do Good in Pajamas Today!

Happy Giving Tuesday! When you purchase pajamas today, you also give the gift of motherhood: 10% of our sales go to Every Mother Counts today.

Did you know that 287,000 women die of complications during pregnancy and childbirth each year? That’s one woman every two minutes. Every Mother Counts works to break down the barriers to maternal health both in the US and around the world by providing education, transportation, and much needed supplies and medicine.

Learn more about Every Mother Counts and their cause here.

Join us in supporting the cause!

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Help Support Maternal Health Today

by Becky Boyd, The Pajama Company Editor

“When you’re dedicated to making a change, and you believe deeply

in what it is that you care about, you will make it happen.”

– Christy Turlington Burns, Founder, Every Mother Counts

Did you know that 287,000 women die annually of complications from childbirth and pregnancy? This sad statistic means that every 2 minutes, a woman dies in pregnancy. What’s even worse is that 90% of these deaths are preventable.

A few years back we learned about a charity making a real difference in maternal health: Every Mother Counts.  We decided we wanted to do our part and support the cause. Since then, every other Monday is “Maternal Health Monday” at The Pajama Company and we give 10% of our sales to Every Mother Counts.

Today is Maternal Health Monday which means that when you shop today, you make a difference.

What Every Mother Counts Does

Every Mother Counts works to break down the barriers to maternal health both in the US and around the world.  They do it by providing:

Transportation so that women can get to healthcare centers which are often miles away from where they live.

Education to skilled birth attendants as well as providing instruction to mothers on family planning, HIV, and other STIs.

Supplies including equipment and medicine so that health centers and caregivers can do their jobs.

100% of the donations received by Every Mother Counts go directly to their programs around the world to ensure that mothers get the care they need.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Beside shopping on Maternal Health Monday, here are some other things you can do to make a difference in pregnancy and childbirth safety:

– Donate your old cell phones to be re-used for health care workers.
– Shop with our fellow partner companies who also donate proceeds to the cause.
– Tell your own birth story – use your voice to raise awareness.
– Volunteer at an organization that supports maternal heath.
– Run, walk, or cycle to raise funds and awareness, not to mention improving your own health!

Learn more about Every Mother Counts and their cause here.

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Share The Love

By Ellie Badanes, The Pajama Company Editor

All of us at The Pajama Company want to wish you a Happy Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope your day is spent with those you love with a large dose of happy and a chance to celebrate in pajamas. We also want to tell you about the Share The Love campaign from our partner Every Mother Counts. Every 2nd Monday we host “Maternal Health Monday” where we work to spread awareness to the issues of maternal and child health around the world. We also donate 10% of our sales those days to the important work of Every Mother Counts with the goal of making pregnancy and childbirth safe for moms everywhere.

Did you know that 800 women die every day from pregnancy and childbirth complications? This tragic fact makes reproductive health problems the leading cause of death world wide for women ages 15 to 44. The worst part is that experts estimate that 90% of these deaths are preventable.

Today, in celebration of Valentine’s Day and as part of their  “Every Heart Counts” month long campaign,  Every Mother Counts is asking our female members of Congress to keep women and girls at the heart of our country’s work here and abroad. We hope you will check it out and join the conversation. Be sure to follow @EveryMotherCounts on twitter and Like the campaign on facebook.

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#GivingTuesday at The Pajama Company

At the Pajama Company we celebrate the happiness found in comfort, home and family. But the sad reality is that for too many women around the world, the basic right of bringing a child safely into the world remains a luxury. In 2012, a woman dies every 90 seconds from complications of pregnancy. That shocking statistic is why The Pajama Company has chosen to partner with Every Mother Counts, a non-profit advocacy organization focused on increasing education and support for maternal and child health around the world. We launched Maternal Health Monday events last year where twice a month we donate 10% of our Monday sales to Every Mother Counts. Today we are extending our Maternal Health Cyber Monday event to #GivingTuesday where our donation today could mean the difference, for a mother who has nothing, between a safe birth or becoming a statistic. Just $22 buys a birthing kit for a mother in Uganda who would otherwise not even have the basic medical and hygiene supplies needed to give birth safely. This #GivingTuesday join us in helping Every Mother Counts buy these supplies by donating to EMC’s Mozilla Firefox Challenge page. Watch for our Maternal Health Monday events and share in the pleasure of “Doing Good in Pajamas.”

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