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Take steps to deliver change for mothers

Every day is Mother’s Day for Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese.

Apart from devoting herself to her own three children, Chamberlain Froese has set out on a lifelong course to save mothers from needlessly dying in childbirth. That means spending eight months of every ear in the developing world, where 99 per cent of the women who die from pregnancy and childbirth complications are found.

Chamberlain Froese is among those lacing up to take part in Steps to Deliver Change, a five-kilometre walk organized by the Canadian charity she founded, Save the Mothers.

The walk takes place on May 12 at the Dundas Driving Park, starting at 9:30 a.m. It is one of seven walks across Canada to raise awareness and funds tom improve maternal and child health through the Save the Mothers program, which trains East African leaders to use their influence to raise the standard and practice of maternal care.

“Every mother counts,” said Chamberlain Froese, who works as an obstetrician at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton four months a year. “Yet, we lose 358,000 women each year from pregnancy and childbirth complications.”

Prior to establishing Save the Mothers, Chamberlain Froese worked as an obstetrician in Yemen, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Pakistan. It was there she was confronted with the tragic scourge of others dying from preventable causes. While working in Uganda, she decided to do something about it.

Chamberlain Froese said she hopes Canadians will join her this Mother’s day to walk on behalf of the women and girls who lack the status and resources to get proper maternal care. Mary Harvey, a Dundas walk organizer, said she is thrilled Chamberlain Froese will join the walk to share more about what is happening on the frontlines of maternal health and to support mothers everywhere.

For more information, go to www.walkformothersday.com.

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