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Our programs are working to improve maternal health across the U.S., with a focus on regions where rates of maternal deaths and severe complications are disproportionately high.

 

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Stories

  • A Mother's Day We Can All Celebrate

    Dr. Naveen Rao, Lead, Merck for Mothers
    May 14, 2014

    This week marks the start of the second annual National Women's Health Week, launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to highlight important women's health issues and promote preventive screenings, nutrition, exercise and healthy behaviors.

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  • Reflecting on developing country parallels at launch of program to address U.S. maternal mortality crisis

    By Priya Agrawal, Executive Director of Merck for Mothers
    November 23, 2013

    Sadly, there are communities in the United States that face challenges not all that different than those facing women in places like sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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  • Merck To Expand Maternal Health-Care Effort

    By Marie McCullough, Philadelphia Inquirer
    November 20, 2013

    For women with limited resources and chronic illnesses such as diabetes, having a baby can be both joyous and perilous.

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  • Maternal mortality in the U.S. – it's not just an issue of the developing world

    By Michael Rosenblatt M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Merck

    In Massachusetts, where I practiced medicine for many years, the death of a mother around the time of pregnancy and childbirth is an exceedingly rare event — but it happens. When people think of maternal mortality, they are most likely to picture the developing world. While it's true that too many mothers die in countries like Ethiopia and Uganda where I recently met with health professionals to explore ways Merck can help, the problem of maternal mortality truly has no geographic boundaries.

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  • Once upon a birthShare your birth story today to help us raise awareness about maternal mortality. For every story shared, Merck will make a donation to Join My Village, a program from CARE that empowers women and girls and supports safe pregnancies and childbirths.

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Merck for Mothers is committed to supporting eligible non-profit organizations dedicated to improving maternal health around the world. Beyond our current country programs, we will update funding opportunities as our portfolio of projects continues to develop. In the meantime, we invite you to reach out to us for further information on partnering.

Have a PEP Talk

Tragically, women still die from complications experienced during pregnancy and childbirth. In the United States, three of the leading causes of these deaths are Preeclampsia, Embolism (pulmonary) and Post-partum hemorrhage.

You can help in the fight to ensure a healthy pregnancy by making sure your loved ones "Have a PEP Talk" with their doctor and/or other healthcare professional about potential pregnancy complications.

  • Once upon a birthHelp us make sure that no birth story goes untold. Share your birth story today to help us raise awareness about maternal mortality. For every story shared, Merck makes a donation to Join My Village, a program from CARE that empowers women and girls and supports safe pregnancies and childbirths.

Merck for Mothers is committed to supporting eligible non-profit organizations dedicated to improving maternal health around the world. Beyond our current country programs, we will update funding opportunities as our portfolio of projects continues to develop. In the meantime, we invite you to reach out to us for further information on partnering.