A Mother's Monument

A Perfect Brightness of Hope - raising awareness about maternal mortality


Mother's MonumentA Mother’s Monument: Honoring mothers and those who protect them by raising awareness of the multiple causes of maternal mortality.

Nearly 90% of all maternal deaths are preventable, making maternal mortality one of the most devastating—yet avoidable—tragedies of our day1. Over the last 25 years, the international community has made a massive effort to decrease maternal mortality, reducing deaths by nearly 50% globally2.  However, the gains are not even, and countries without a national action plan to address maternal mortality have stagnated in preventing it. In fact, maternal mortality in several countries—including the United States—is on the rise3.


Help us remember the women who have died giving birth by building the first public memorial honoring their lives and sacrifice. By bringing the discussion of maternal mortality into the public sphere, we will help raise cultural awareness about this problem and finally eliminate these preventable deaths.


Monument Overview

In this short video, we are going to share with you some of the monument’s basic designs and purpose. We are also going to share Angela’s story—an example of a mother who realizes she is giving her own life in giving birth. If you were a mother faced with this impossible situation, what would go through your mind? When you first comprehend that life is slipping away, what is the final thing you would want to embrace? If you could look back on the life you are leaving behind, what would capture your imagination and give you peace? What would you expect of those you have left behind?

Do we remember these women?

Their individual families never forget, but as a country and across the globe, we have collectively forgotten. Here in the United States, maternal deaths have actually tripled over the last 30 years4. To put this into perspective, from 2001 through 2014, more American women died in childbirth (12,466) than American soldiers died in Iraq and Afghanistan combined (6,838)5.


It is time to start remembering our fallen mothers.

Please join us in doing three things:

  1. Explore the website. Learn about the monument and become more aware of the impact of maternal death in societies around the world. Learn about the ongoing efforts to improve these conditions.
  2. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and share this information with your friends and family.
  3. Then click here or on the donation link to the right. We appreciate your generous donation. Even the smallest amount can help save lives.

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Data shared on this website come primarily from the following websites: UNFPA, UNDPCIA, WomanStats and MME Info. We cite all source material and properly attribute images from other sites to their original owners and sources.

  1. Women Deliver, “Invest in Maternal and Newborn Health,” Factsheet (accessed 12 March 2015). 

  2. World Health Organization, “Maternal Mortality,” Factsheet N°348, Media Centre (accessed 12 March 2015). 

  3. Anna Almendrala, “The U.S. is the only developed nation with a rising maternal mortality rate,” The Huffington Post, 19 May 2014

  4. World Health Organization, Country: United States, Global Health Observatory Data, Maternal Mortality Country Profiles (accessed 12 March 2015). 

  5. S. Matthew Stearmer, “The Mothers’ Monument Project: Rethinking Sacrifice by Making Maternal Mortality Visible,” SquareTwo, Vol. 7 No. 3 (Fall 2014), Figure 2. 

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  1. This is a wonderful idea, and I wholeheartedly support it! Let us know how we can help you make this monument a reality . . .

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