With all the advances in medicine and medical knowledge in the world, you may be surprised to learn that more than 800 women die every day as a result of pregnancy-related causes.
That’s one of the many startling facts you’ll hear or see repeated tomorrow, August 3, on Bump Day (or #BumpDay throughout social media) — an effort that hopes to call attention to the risks and challenges moms and babies around the world face.
The second annual event aims to celebrate moms, babies and their bumps with the hope of giving more newborns the healthiest start possible in life. The day’s organizers, which include NYC Dads Group associate WhatToExpect.com, want to increase awareness of the need for more and better maternal health care worldwide. They note that most maternal deaths are preventable with greater access to prenatal care in pregnancy, skilled care during childbirth, and care and support in the weeks after childbirth.
To support the cause, which is also backed by the United Nations Foundation, Bump Day organizers ask people to post photos of their or their partners’ baby bump, past or present, on social media with the hashtag #BabyDay.
Other ways to celebrate the day or spread the word can be found on their bumpday.org website.