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On April 9th, 2011, the NOVA chapter of Birth Matters VA sponsored the Healthy Mothers Healthy Birth Summit, at Shenandoah University, to address the rising U.S. Maternal Mortality rate. I am proud to have been one of the core volunteers for such an amazing event. We had famous midwife Ina May Gaskin, CPM, as well as Florida midwife Jennie Joseph, CPM, and Deborah Pascali-Bonero, creator of famed documentary, Orgasmic Birth, among many others, in attendence. The following day we rallied in DC with Ina May's Safe Motherhood Quilt to raise awareness of women dying in the U.S. during childbirth. Did you know that every day in America 2-3 women die as a direct result of childbirth? Or that 50 other countries have a better maternal mortality rate than the U.S.; according to the World Health Organization? Here is some of the press we received from our event:

Press TV video on rally and article on Maternal Mortality in US

Science and Sensibility article on HMHB

Medpedia Article on The Healthy Mothers Healthy Birth Summit

Crunchy-Chewy Mama blog article on HMHB