One thing about becoming a mother is that it levels the playing field. Suddenly you have something in common with a whole lot more people. Millions of them, in fact. Sure, there’s the movie star you read about in Us Weekly, who’s “Just like us!” nursing her baby on a park bench. But it’s also the Haitian woman who, after 4 miscarriages and the death of her fifth as an infant, delivered a premature — but now healthy — baby boy. Or the Hodgkins Lymphoma survivor who after chemotherapy, radiation, hospitalization, and a stem cell transplant, finally gave birth to her own little one. We are all part of one giant, worldwide mommy group that expands well beyond our neighborhood listserv.
As members of this global mom community, we all need to support each other…sometimes literally. So this Mother’s Day, let’s give a gift to the moms we’ve never met, but who we care about just as much. Here are some of our favorite charities that are making life better for moms and babies everywhere.
Baby Buggy. Since it was founded in 2001, Baby Buggy has donated more than 6 million baby cribs, strollers, high chairs and more to families in need around the country. Parents also get job training, financial literacy classes, support and education, meaning kids get a leg up in every way.
Every Mother Counts. 287,000 women die every year as a result of complications during pregnancy and childbirth–that’s one death every two minutes. Founded by NYC mom Christy Turlington, Every Mother Counts aims to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world.
Kangu. A crowdfunding platform for safe births around the globe, Kangu lets you contribute to a specific pregnant woman’s access to clean, life-saving healthcare services, before, during and after delivery.
March of Dimes. More than 450,000 U.S. babies are born too soon each year, or 1 in every 9 births—-that’s a higher rate than that of most developed nations. March of Dimes helps moms have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies, from offering information to comforting families, from researching problems to working on preventing them.
Room to Grow. For babies born into poverty, Room to Grow steps in during those critical first three years of life. Families visit the organization’s NYC or Boston locations every three months to get support, education and even baby necessities.
Moms in Training. We already knew we loved Team in Training, which supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to find cures and ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients. Moms in Training is a version just for moms– a flexible 10-week workout program to help them prep for walks and runs while raising money for this great cause.
Liya Kibede Foundation. Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kibede–who also designs one of our fave lines for little ones, lemlem–started this charitable foundation to support work to reduce maternal and newborn deaths in Africa through advocacy, education, grantmaking and partnerships.
Image via the Liya Kibede Foundation.