Christy Turlington- Every Mother Counts

Christina Nicole Turlington Burns, is an American supermodel, charity founder, campaigner, and filmmaker. She represented Calvin Klein’s Eternity campaign in 1989 and again in 2014, and also represented Maybelline.

In 2010, Turlington founded Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. It informs, engages, and mobilizes a new audience to take action and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world.

It was founded after the completion of Turlington’s documentary, No Woman, No Cry, a film about pregnant women and their caregivers in Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala, and the United States.

No Woman, No Cry

Turlington made her debut in directing on the 2010 documentary film No Woman, No Cry. It was a 60-minute documentary that profiled the status of maternal health and focused on four cases which were from Tanzania, Bangladesh, Guatemala, and the United States.

The film made its world premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in the United States. And the television broadcast premiered on the new Oprah Winfrey Network on May 7, 2011, in the US. This documentary Turlington was nominated for the ‘Do Something with Style Award’ from the VH1 Do Something Awards.

In 2013, Turlington directed the documentary film Every Mile, Every Mother, which explores Every Mother Counts’ participation in the long-distance running to highlight distance from healthcare providers as a barrier to women receiving quality care.

Every Mother Counts’

After her debut in the documentary No Woman, No Cry, Turlington launched Every Mother Counts, a non-profit 501 organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.

She completed her first New York Marathon in 2011 running with Team Every Mother Counts to raise awareness for maternal and child health. She also ran the 2013 ING NYC Marathon with the team EMC and the 2013 Hood to Coast Relay, which is featured in a documentary film Every Mile, Every Mother.

Christy Turlington gave birth to her daughter Grace on October 23, 2003. She had a healthy pregnancy and had plenty of provisions and facility options to ensure both experiences she imagined for herself.

Her husband and she chose a capable midwife to deliver their baby in a hospital boating Centre just a few miles from their home. She was well prepared for everything except after she gave birth to her child.

Her placenta was retained and could not expel itself so it had to be. As a result, she lost a few liters of blood.

After suffering complications in her childbirth, she learned that over 5,00,000 women die each year during childbirth of which 90% of deaths are preventable. She was inspired to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Christy Turlington says on her website- “Motherhood has opened a world of knowledge and connection with other women that has ignited a sense of profound responsibility in me to prepare other women for the unexpected event to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for millions of others around the world.” 

After experiencing childbirth complications, Christy learned that hundreds of thousands of women were dying every year because they did not have access to maternity care. She then dedicated how to work to understand the challenges and opportunities for improving access to maternity care around the world.

In 2005, Christy Turlington began working with an international humanitarian organization CARE and since then she has become their advocate for Maternal Health. She is also an ambassador for Product Red.

Turlington currently serves on the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council and as an advisor to the Harvard School of Public Health Board of Dean’s Advisors. She is also a member of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and Mother’s Day Every Day. She is also an anti-smoking activist.

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