The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project is a national effort developed to draw public attention to the current maternal death rates, as well as to the gross underreporting of maternal deaths in the United States, and to honor those women who have died of pregnancy-related causes since 1982.
The Project is the vision of Ina May Gaskin, midwifery pioneer and author of Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth and the classic Spiritual Midwifery, who has been instrumental in bringing this issue to the public light.
The quilt is made up of individually designed squares; each one devoted to a woman in the U.S. who has died of pregnancy-related causes since 1982. One quilt square is designed and dedicated to each mother’s memory and may mention the date and place of death and the name of the woman. The Safe Motherhood Quilt is the voice for women who can no longer speak for themselves.
To be honored and remembered on The Safe Motherhood Quilt:
The woman died as a result of a complication of pregnancy or birth
The woman’s death occurred since 1982
The woman died within a calendar year after the end of her pregnancy (documented by an obituary, death certificate, relative’s or witness’ account).
Do you know of a woman’s story you’d like to share? Get more information on how to prepare your quilt block and submit it for inclusion in the Safe Motherhood Quilt.
For More Information
The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project
149 Apple Orchard Lane
Summertown, TN 38483
Ina May Gaskin, MA, CPM, former President of the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), had the original idea for the Quilt Project. After gaining approval for the project from the MANA Board, Ina May Gaskin brought it to the attention of SMI-USA and suggested that they take it on as a national project. As is customary among the SMI-USA partners, once a project is adopted by the collaborative, it is considered an in-kind gift from the participating partner, in this case, the Midwives Alliance of North America.
Funding for the start-up phase of The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project was provided by the Benjamin Spencer Fund.