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What is Every Mother Counts?
Every Mother Counts (EMC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, every where.

Our focus is on REACH, ACTION and IMPACT. Measuring success not only through how many people they REACH, educate and inspire, but also by the collective ACTION that is generated: whether that is by individuals raising awareness through social media, running, organizing events, or buying a product that generates a donation – every ACTION counts. And finally, by the measuring the IMPACT realized in the lives of women in need.

Who founded Every Mother Counts and why?
Every Mother Counts was founded by maternal health advocate and model Christy Turlington Burns in 2010. After suffering a complication following the delivery of her first child, Grace, in 2003, Burns learned about the shocking global statistics related to pregnancy and childbirth. Once she knew that hundreds of thousands of girls and women die from similar complications she committed herself to learning all she could so that she could contribute meaningfully to a cause she connected with so deeply. Soon after the birth of her second child, Christy returned to graduate school to pursue a Masters in public health, and began working on NO WOMAN, NO CRY, the documentary she directed and produced about the global state of maternal health.

Every Mother Counts was founded in 2010 after the completion of NO WOMAN, NO CRY in order to give audiences who were energized by the film a way to further engage on the issue. It started as a campaign in 2010 and then incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) organization in 2012.

What is Every Mother Counts’ goal?
EMC's goal is to reduce death due to pregnancy and childbirth and build a movement of inspired, informed citizens who are working together to significantly reduce maternal mortality in the United States and around the globe.

What does Every Mother Counts do with funds raised through partnerships and events?
Every Mother Counts welcomes generous support from thousands of individuals, corporations, and foundations who care deeply about making pregnancy and childbirth safer for women. We are deeply grateful to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Calvin Klein, Maybelline, and many individual donors and families and foundations. Every Mother Counts deploys donors’ generous gifts to educate the public, build an informed community who invests in solutions for mothers, and support grassroots efforts to implement low-cost, effective solutions that make pregnancy and childbirth safer for mothers. Every Mother Counts identifies and invests in grassroots organizations in the United States and globally that reach the most vulnerable populations, build capacity at the community level, demonstrate impact, and collaborate with us to educate everyday citizens of both the problems mothers face and the solutions that are working. Every Mother Counts specifically supports efforts that address barriers to safe motherhood, including:

  • Transportation
  • Education
  • Supplies

To learn more visit our "who we are" page above.

How much have you raised so far?
To date, we have raised over $13 million...and counting!

How do you decide which countries to focus on?
We have supported work in 13 countries, to date. Those countries carry some of the highest burdens of maternal mortality. We work in partnership with local organizations to address barriers that prevent mothers from getting the critical care they need to insure a safe delivery. This is a global tragedy, and we want to support vulnerable moms wherever they are.

Can I volunteer for Every Mother Counts?
We are a small, nimble organization with a small team. We regret that we do not always have the capacity to support volunteers, though we try to help match volunteers with our grantees who rely on volunteers and we also sometimes have volunteer opportunities as well. Please check back regularly. We are delighted to host interns in our New York office regularly, so if you are interested in an internship, please send us your info at info@everymothercounts.org.

Does Every Mother Counts endorse any candidates or specific political party?
No. Every Mother Counts is strictly nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates or political parties. We firmly believe that keeping our mothers safe is not a political issue, but can be one that on which all parties can unite.