Can Moms Look Beyond Their Differences to Make a Change?

boy somaliaThe statistics never seem to budge, but the Million Moms Challenge just might bring the tragic numbers down: Every 90 seconds around the world, a woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth; 1.5 million newborns die within the first 24 hours of life; and as many as 3.3 million die before they turn 1 month old.

The saddest thing is, most of these deaths can be prevented. It's just a matter of sharing the knowledge we have as moms here in America with moms around the globe.

In the US, we have so much knowledge that we take it for granted and let slight differences in opinion (pacifier or no pacifier? co-sleep or sleep train?) set us apart. Most of the things we disagree on as moms in this country are, in fact, a luxury -- can you imagine if the hardest part of being a mom was merely keeping your baby alive?


If we could look past those minor issues and focus on sharing life-saving facts about breastfeeding and basic hygiene with moms who live in other parts of the world, we could really make a difference.

That's the idea behind the Million Moms Challenge, an initiative launched by ABC News and The United Nations Foundation. The premise is deceptively simple: Moms sign up on Facebook to be part of an online community focused on finding ways to help women and children in developing countries.

And the first 100,000 people who sign up will be part of a crucial fundraising step: For the first 100,000 members of the Million Mom Challenge, Johnson & Johnson has pledged to donate $100,000 to charities dedicated to helping moms and babies overseas.

Will you join the Million Moms Challenge?


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