Not sure why birth spacing is *that* important? Check out these numbers.

It's amazing to see how much better off we'd all be if we just focused a little more on the health of women around the world.

When you have *225 million* women in developing countries who want to avoid pregnancy but aren't using contraceptives...

...and *tens of millions* of women who don't receive the pregnancy and delivery care they need...

...you get some bad situations and big numbers:


Nearly 300,000 women will die from pregnancy-related causes.

Nearly 3 MILLION little baby newborns will not survive their first month.

... EVERY SINGLE YEAR. Holy wow. That's waaaay too many lives being lost, and here's something worth knowing about it:

If ALL women were able to receive the essential sexual and reproductive services that they need, positive changes *would* happen.

What kind of changes? Positive and proven changes like these:

  1. The number of unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions would drop around the world. (Huge.)
  2. The number of women dying from pregnancy-related causes would drop by two-thirds. (2/3? Yes, please.)
  3. Newborn deaths would drop by more than three-fourths. (That's a lot of lives saved.)
  4. Transmission of HIV from mothers to newborns would be nearly eliminated. (Nearly eliminated means almost not even a thing!)

Those are four goals I'd like to think we can ALL support. Amirite?

Here's how we can get there:


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