A woman dies from pregnancy or childbirth every two minutes. Almost all of these deaths (99%) are in developing countries. The most heartbreaking part is that the vast majority of these deaths are preventable.
As the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women, ACOG strongly advocates for quality health care for women – everywhere.
That’s why, in an effort to demonstrate the urgency of global action to protect maternal health and rights, ACOG recognizes today as the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights.
Every woman has the right to dignity, respect and skilled care during pregnancy and childbirth.
ACOG’s Office of Global Women’s Health (OGWH) works towards these goals every day. OGWH was created to improve women’s health globally through capacity building, collaboration, and health system strengthening. The Office engages members with global partners to mobilize resources for the support of best practices in women’s health care worldwide through education, information-sharing, training, quality improvement, and advocacy.
ACOG is a founding partner of Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL), a public-private partnership aimed to dramatically reduce maternal and newborn mortality in sub-Saharan African countries. SMGL addresses the three delays that prevent women from accessing maternal health services: delay in seeking services, delay in reaching services and delay in receiving quality care. By working hand-in-hand with Ugandan, Zambian and Nigerian governments, the initiative strives to make high-quality, safe childbirth services available and accessible to women and their newborns. Areas of focus are the critical period after labor, delivery and the first 48 hours postpartum. ACOG collaborates with in-country partners to build skills and capacity of the providers in Zambia to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity due to postpartum hemorrhage.
On the Federal level, ACOG supports additional funding for maternity care quality collaboratives that bring together leaders in obstetric and neonatal health care to recommend local solutions to prevent pregnancy-related morbidity and mortality and improve outcomes for women and infants.
We have joined the Call to Action with CHANGE and hundreds of other organizations to celebrate and recognize today, April 11th, as the International Day for Maternal Health and Rights.
We urge you to do so too!