The book that started a movement: Where Have All The Mothers Gone?, by Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese, is a view from the frontlines of the fight to end maternal mortality. Written with passion and authority, these personal stories unwrap the disparities between giving birth in the developed and developing world and how we can all be part of the solution to make motherhood safe.
“In these days of high-tech medicine, it is refreshing that a doctor writes, first-hand, so passionately about people and their real lives. These moving stories should serve as a call for action by all who care.” Professor Mahmoud F. Fathalla, Past-President of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
“Reading Dr. Chamberlain Froese’s vignettes, I was moved to tears and anger and prayer for the women who live in such poverty of health care. She has captured the pathos, hope and despair of women who have so little of what we see as essential health care during pregnancy and delivery. I believe this book has a vital message that will open new dimensions in understanding and compassion.” Becky Davey, RN, BS, MN, International Consultant for Medical and Educational Advance Memorial Christian Hospital, Bangladesh
“The medicalization of health care in the West has lead to a ‘laissez faire’ attitude towards childbirth. Blending experience with passion, Dr. Chamberlain Froese confronts and dispels conventional thinking by unveiling the tragic realities of pregnancy-related complications. Reading this book makes you uncomfortable; and it should. It unfolds the plight of those who daily live on the fulcrum of life…or death.” Dr. John D. Hull, President, EQUIP International Atlanta, Georgia
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The following links take you to great resources for learning more about maternal mortality and related topics.
The White Ribbon Alliance is an international coalition bound together by a common goal: to ensure that pregnancy and childbirth are safe for all women and newborns in every country around the world. In Uganda, WRA is a partner with Save the Mothers.
Since its beginning, more than 400 East African leaders have come through the program.
Most recently, Save the Mothers launched its Mother Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, linking STM graduates to existing health facilities, thus ensuring higher standards of care for women and children, and accountability for health professionals.