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Merck for Mothers Launches "Once Upon a Birth"

October 25, 2012 – Every few seconds, in every corner of the globe, a mother welcomes a baby into the world. A new U.S. consumer survey confirmed that nearly every parent characterizes this moment as “life-changing,” and it is celebrated as a happy occasion. However, what is not often discussed is that childbirth can be a very dangerous time for a woman. According to the World Health Organization, every two minutes somewhere in the world a woman dies during pregnancy or childbirth.

As part of Merck’s ongoing efforts to reduce the rates of maternal mortality around the world, Merck for Mothers launched a pilot program in the United States on Thursday, October 25, 2012 titled “Once Upon a Birth.”

Every story shared triggers a donation from Merck to Join My Village, a program from CARE that empowers women and girls, and supports safe pregnancies and deliveries.

Help us make sure that no birth story goes untold. Help us honor all of the moms who are not here to share their story. Help us make this an issue that receives the global attention it deserves so that in the not-so-distant future, maternal mortality becomes history.

Please help support mothers around the world by visiting www.Facebook.com/MerckforMothers and sharing your story on the “Once Upon a Birth” tab!