MCI is an international group of obstetricians and gynaecologists, which has adopted a preferential option for mothers and babies. MCI’s mission is to carry out the work of Evangelium Vitae (the Gospel of Life) by improving the lives and health of mothers and babies both born and unborn, through new initiatives of service, training, research, and advocacy designed to reduce the tragic levels of abortion world-wide and maternal and perinatal mortality, morbidity in developing countries.
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Support Catholic Health Care Workers
In response to the growing legal challenges to conscience rights and protection for medical professionals, MaterCare International (MCI) is asking the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to; Recognize/acknowledge the discrimination befalling practicing Catholic Obstetricians, Gynecologists and Midwives, as well medical students and future specialists, and Stand with them to support their right to conscientious objection. Supporting Catholic medical professionals will empower them to reject the erosion of their morals being imposed by legislative changes concerning practice. This support can come as; Public Statements White Masses (The name given to this Mass comes from the white coats that physicians and other health care workers have traditionally worn in their profession, traditionally held on October the 18th, the Feast of St. Luke) Reaching out to medical professionals in your Archdioceses The Catholic Church has been one of the largest providers of health care, especially for mothers. Religious orders developed maternity clinics which became some of the finest obstetrical units. This future however is not assured, certainly in Western countries as governments nationalise Catholic institutions but also as religious vocations to the health care vocation continue to decline and lay Catholics are forced out of their vocations. The Church has always required excellence of the training of priests and religious, but as Pope St John Paul II asks the medical, nursing and midwifery professions need new ways of evangelizing them. Thought must be given to how the Church will continue to deliver Mercy through health care.
Stephen Harper: Honour Women's Day and Mother's Day by Funding Positive Maternal Health Initiatives
Despite promises from world governments at global summits led and hosted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to reduce maternal mortality, death rates among pregnant women remain devastatingly high, especially in the world's poorest regions. In order to reduce maternal mortality rates on a global scale, the Canadian government must fund positive maternal health initiatives that promote innovative and viable options for women and their children. Honour this Women's Day, March 8th, by campaigning until Mother's Day, May 12, for greater federal investment in maternal health initiatives that allow women the freedom to have their children. Start by signing the petition. We are asking our elected officials to co-sponsor and actively push for key initiatives and programs like those of MaterCare International, a world leader in inexpensive and effective programs that decrease the chance of death for both mother and child before, during, and after pregnancy. MaterCare International has developed a comprehensive rural health program to support birthing mothers in developing countries around the world. The program covers everything from education to complicated delivery and has been proven to save lives and enrich communities. Sign our petition today, and learn more at www.MaterCare.org.
Give Mothers their Rights
Now more than ever, the MaterCare International 'Charter of Maternal Rights' echoes the concerns and sentiments of women in the developing world. While western governments and philanthropic organizations are discussing amongst themselves what to do about the global maternal health crisis, MaterCare has developed, with the aid of experts and through listening to and observing the women who most desperately need it, a Charter of Maternal Rights. By adopting this charter, regions are pledging to uphold the dignity of the station of motherhood. We ask that world leaders adopt this charter as a part of the ongoing effort to reduce maternal deaths worldwide. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has given millions to large NGOs who, rather than elevating the status of women and mothers in the developing world, have promoted social engineering and population control. By adopting this charter, CIDA would be making a clear statement of intent to the global community to uphold the station of motherhood. From the Charter of Maternal Rights (You can read the charter in full here): 1.B MATERNAL HEALTH CARE: SITUATIONS OF URGENT NEED 1.3 Mortality and Morbidity It is estimated that 200 million women conceive world-wide each year and the UN estimates the number of pregnancies artificially aborted annually to be 30 – 50 million. The number of women’s deaths occurring due to complications during pregnancy, labour and delivery and 6 weeks following (maternal mortality), are reliably estimated to be 330,000, (Lancet 2009), mostly in developing countries. The difference in the risk of dying during pregnancy and childbirth, between rich and poor countries is stark e.g. in Canada it is 1: 7,300, whereas in sub-Saharan African countries the risk is 1: 7. No other development indicators show such disparity between rich and poor countries and the gap is not closing. Of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, No 5 (to reduce maternal mortality by 75% by 2015) is the most neglected. This neglect is not due to lack of funding but rather its wrong allocation, which is to reduce the number of children mothers bear, rather than making pregnancy and childbirth safer.