Global maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns founded Every Mother Counts—an organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every woman—after experiencing a postpartum hemorrhage following the birth of her daughter. “I realized that women die from the same complication here in the US and abroad,” she says.
What started as a small nonprofit seven years ago has evolved into a thriving organization supporting 11 programs in eight countries that educate and train skilled birth attendants, offer transportation for women to access care, and provide supplies to birth centers.
On a recent visit to Tanzania, one of the countries in which EMC also works, the group of women included accessories designer Clare Vivier of Clare V., who creates tote bags and small pieces for the NGO, with all net proceeds going to the cause.
Running together is truly symbolic for Turlington Burns. “Childbirth is an endurance sport,” she explains, “and those cycles of joy, pain, and fear are all represented in marathons.”