Here in the U.S. pregnant women focus, sometimes obsessively, on diet, nutrition and prenatal vitamins — and debate about use of epidurals or C-section rates. But in the developing world, getting just the most basic information to pregnant women and new mothers has been a monumental task, and that lack of information contributes to high mortality rates.
Every day about 800 women in the developing world die during pregnancy or childbirth and more than 3 million newborns die of preventable illnesses every year, Kristen Gagnaire told me recently. She was in San Francisco spreading the word about MAMA, the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action. Gagnaire is MAMA’s global director and a firm believer in the power of education to make a difference. She’s working to get information out to help save lives via a surprisingly simple platform: the mobile phone.