Christy Turlington is determined to make a difference. Through her advocacy group Every Mother Counts, founded in 2010, the supermodel mom-of-two is working to raise awareness about the fact that a woman dies every 90 seconds from pregnancy and childbirth complications. This year Christy enlisted the help of her famous friends, including Debra Messing, Jennifer Connelly and Blythe Danner, to launch the group’s No Mother’s Day campaign (see the video below). Christy, who has kids Grace and Finn with her husband Edward Burns, talked to Lil Sugar about the initiative.
On why she doesn’t strive for balance: “I feel like the word balance is overused, because balance sort of implies we must give and take all the time. When I consider the role of motherhood and everything else I enjoy, I prefer using the word integration. I am a woman, which means all of these roles are already integrated. I am a mother and a daughter, an activist and a model. As women, we’re all of those things. These various roles that we play, they have to be integrated. It’s not easy at all, and I don’t think anyone could attempt to do it except women.”
On the issue of maternal mortality: “I experienced a potentially life threatening complication after delivering my first child eight years ago. The midwife and an obstetrician managed the situation, but I was lucky. I later learned that hundreds of thousands of women die from the same complication around the world every year.I also learned that 90 percent of these deaths are preventable and this is what left me needing to learn more. The result of the journey I took to try and understand why is the documentary film No Woman, No Cry.”
On Every Mother Counts: “I founded Every Mother Counts after completing No Woman, No Cry to help increase awareness about the hundreds of thousands of girls and women who die each year from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. The campaign has been so successful and the demand for continued engagement so strong that EMC has evolved into an ever-growing community of maternal health advocates. EveryMotherCounts.org is an essential educational resource to help individuals, companies, and organizations find their own voice on this issue. As we move forward, I hope to continue this positive growth and truly drive the global community to take action to reduce maternal mortality globally.”
Watch the public service announcement for the No Mother’s Day campaign: