When we were born our mothers made a promise to protect and nurture us so we could reach our full potential. Mothers Day is when we celebrate the efforts of mothers everywhere to deliver on this promise. There is a bill in both the House (H.R. 3706) and the Senate (S 1911) — the Reach Every Mother and Child Act 2015 — that supports mothers worldwide.
This legislation proposes what we know works, including quality prenatal care, management of labor and delivery and basic treatments necessary for child and maternal health. In addition, basic nutrition would be provided for the mothers and children during the child’s first 1,000 days.
Thirty years ago, 40,000 children died every day of easily preventable causes such as diarrhea and pneumonia. That number is now down to 16,000. This legislation seeks to eliminate these needless deaths by 2035.
The solution to this problem is within our reach. We need the political will to make it happen. Some South Florida congressional members, both Democrats and Republicans, have already signed on to this bill. We each need to encourage other legislators to stand up for mothers and babies.
Ellen Kempler, Miami