The goal of the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project is to bring awareness to the rising maternal death rate in the US and to the need for accurate reporting of such deaths—the first step toward prevention.

The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project was created by famous midwife Ina May Gaskin. It is to serve as a remembrance for mothers who have died due to complications of pregnancy and birth. Each square represents a life lost; a loss that possibly could have been prevented.

Sadly, as awareness of this project grows, so does the numbers of women. Even more tragic is the lack of proper documentation. The CDC believes the actual number of deaths can be as much as three times greater than the reported amount. Without proper tracking, the health care system cannot work towards prevention.

As time goes on and the number of woment who die from childbirth complications grows, the cost of this project also grows. This page serves to raise both awareness and funds for this important project.

If you know of a mother who has died due to complications from her pregnancy or after, please contact Ina May if you would like her to be remembered.

In addition, panels of the quilt can travel to your area for public awareness.

Thank you for your help in our common goal to create happy and healthy moms and babies.

1. The maternal death rate in 2005 was twice what it was in 1982.

2. The CDC said in 1998 that there is so much error in the US system of reporting that the actual number could be 3 times more than what is reported.

3. With only an honor system to encourage accurate reporting in a profit-based health industry, should we be surprised that so many deaths are missed?

4. Please visit http://rememberthemothers.net for more information

5. Donations go directly to the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project which was created by midwife Ina May Gaskins.