From model on the catwalk and magazine covers to healthcare advocate, Christy Turlington has made it her mission to raise awareness about maternal mortality worldwide.

Contributed by Celebrity Baby Scoop

The mom-of-two opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her daughter Grace, 9, and son Finn, 6, with husband Ed Burns, and the 280,000 women that die each year due to pregnancy and childbirth, which she adds is "a mother every 2 minutes." She is the director of the documentary No Woman, No Cry, founder of Every Mother Counts and guest designer of the Ergobaby Designer Series.

Celebrity Baby Scoop (CBS): Tell us about teaming up with Ergobaby benefitting Every Mother Counts (EMC) and how this cause helps women in need.

280,000 women die each year due to pregnancy and childbirth.

Christy Turlington (CT): "EMC is always looking for ways to reach new audiences, and this partnership was a unique way to get our message out to mothers and the people who love them. I am delighted to be the first guest designer of this Ergobaby Designer Series. It's been fun to collaborate closely with the Ergobaby design team to create this collection.

The result is a true partnership. Together we were really looking to create something that would connect mothers around the world, and I'm so proud of our final product. Ten percent of the price of each piece will be donated to EMC, and those funds will go toward programs that aim to substantially reduce the rates of maternal mortality globally."

CBS: It is outrageous that only women in privileged situations shouldn't have to fear for their lives and the lives of their babies at childbirth. The worldwide maternal mortality rates are unacceptable. Please tell us some of these statistics and how we can help our worldwide sisters.

CT: "It's true that most of these deaths effect marginalized, underserved women but complications related to pregnancy and childbirth can happen to any one of us. Fifteen percent of pregnancies will result in a complication, and we can't always identify who will experience one — which is why it is so important that every pregnant woman have prenatal care and be in close proximity to emergency obstetric care in the event of one.

Take me, I had a perfect pregnancy and delivery and then I hemorrhaged. What I learned after my experience, which was really frightening and eye opening, was that Post-Partum Hemorrhage (PPH) is the leading cause of pregnancy-related death for girls and women here and in developing countries. Had I not been in the care of competent healthcare professionals, I may have been another statistic.

Even more astounding is that 90 percent of these deaths are preventable.

The total number of girls and women who die each year due to pregnancy- and childbirth-related complications is 280,000. That's a mother every 2 minutes. Even more astounding is that 90 percent of these deaths are preventable.

Often simple solutions, like transport vouchers to insure women get the care they need before, during and after childbirth, or the training of midwives who can assess a medical emergency, can make the biggest difference. So aside from donating to support interventions like these, more inclusive conversations and education of the general public are critical in making more people aware of the problems and the solutions — and to build an even stronger base of support for the world's mothers."

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