Gas is almost $4/gallon, food prices keep going up and up, home values are dropping and foreclosures are on the rise, and we're starting to hear people use the dreaded "R" word. And children are dying of hunger in Ethiopia. Read more... ...more

Raising Awareness about the Life-Shattering Condition of Obstetric Fistula

If you had asked me a few days ago what an obstetric fistula was, I'd have shrugged my shoulders and told you, "I don't know." Thanks to advances in modern medicine and in obstetric and midwifery care, fistula has been eradicated in North America for over 100 years. Although the condition has been long since forgotten here, there are at least 2 million women in Africa, Asia and the Arab region living with fistula, and some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases develop each year. These estimates are believed to be low. ...more

I first found out about this condition while watching Oprah who was showing portions of the ...more

BlogHers Act and BlogHer's matching funds: The best I ever felt about spending so much

I just spent $2,200 in the blink of an eye...easiest money I ever spent. Check out our BlogHers Act/Global Giving fundraising widget: ...more

I admit I did a doubletake, but loved seeing that number jump up yesterday. Thank you, ...more

Jane Doe Rape Kits: Coming in 2009

According Rainn statistics, 1 in 6 women (and 1 in 33 men) will be assaulted in their lifetime. Sadly, these statistics are only based on the number of assault cases actually reported to police agencies. Many assaults, like my own incident, go unreported, because for one reason or another, victims are afraid to come forward. The new Jane Doe Rape Kit, coming out in 2009, provides adult victims with a way to collect and store evidence without initially involving the police. ...more

Bloggers Unite For Human Rights (May 15) is another opportunity to raise awareness about maternal health, Myanmar relief

On Thursday, May 15, Blogcatalog.com is challenging bloggers to Unite for Human Rights by posting words, pictures and/or videos. While the words might change from country to country and are sometimes taken for granted, human rights represent one of the universally agreed upon ideas — that all people are born with basic rights and freedoms that include life, liberty, and justice. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations. ...more

Thank you all for posting the links to your Bloggers Unite posts. I added them to a post on ...more

Charity starts at home

Lately, it feels like there is one disaster after another being reported in the news. Maybe this is the case, or maybe I'm just paying more attention. Either way, it's time to stand up and help others that are less fortunate than yourself. Recently, 10linksaday.com has joined the BlogHer Network. We are currently raising money for women who are less fortunate around the world. (see right hand column on the blogs site to donate). A combination of the recent disaster press coverage and the blog her ...more

BlogHer Donation Challenge - Please Visit and Comment

It's the final day of my BlogHers Act Donation Challenge and I'm begging you to please stop by and comment. I still need 70 comments to reach my 100 comment goal and donate $100 to one of the BlogHer-supported maternal health funds. I've been noticing plenty of traffic on my blog over the last few days, but not an increase in comments, so please, if you visit, take a moment to comment. Every comment counts toward my donation total. ...more

Donating to Children's Charities in Honor of your Mother

Rather than flowers, chocolate or wine to Mom this year (she's got 6other kids who will probablydo that), I decided to make a donation to the Austin Children's Shelter in her honor. "Mom: I wanted to do something meaningful for Mother's Day, something that would last, just as the love, nurturing, support and caring you gave me have made a lasting difference in my life and the life of my kids. Thanks for being you and being my Mom! " ...more

Last Call for Comments - Support Maternal Health Causes

We're getting down to the wire for my BlogHer Acts Donation Challenge and I need to get 73 more comments to reach my goal of 100 comments. (Remember, only one comment each day per unique visitor counts toward the total.) Please stop by and leave a comment before midnight EDT on Friday, May 9th. The more comments I get, the more money I'll be donating to one of the maternal health causes supported by Blogher Acts. ...more

Good Tube brings One Heart forward

It must be spring, I had a new niece born into the family last night, Piper Mae Hunt, she's absolutely perfect. We are so lucky to have hospitals and clean conditions. That really hit home a few minutes ago when I received an email from my friends at Good Tube.org with links to Maternal Health care in Tibet.  Since Good Tube is celebrating Women's Health this month, Elle sent me the story about One Heart, which has improved the maternal health and survival rate of Tibetan mothers.  One Heart has brought down the maternal death rate by 67%. ...more