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With nearly 30 years at the forefront of the fashion industry, having graced every magazine cover from Vogue to Time, Christy Turlington Burns has established a diverse career as a model, writer, entrepreneur, spokesperson, advocate, and filmmaker. Philanthropy and service have long been a part of Christy's personal and professional mission to make a lasting impact on the world. As the daughter of a Central American mother, she has supported numerous efforts to rebuild post-war El Salvador since the early 1990's. After losing her father to lung cancer in 1997, Christy’s activism evolved to preventative healthcare, including smoking prevention and cessation -- in which she collaborated on several public health service campaigns and launched an award-winning website, in 2002. In 2005, Christy became an advocate for maternal health for both CARE and (RED). In 2010, she completed and debuted her documentary film, NO WOMAN, NO CRY, about the global state of maternal health, at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City and on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on Mother's Day 2011. Concurrent with the debut of her documentary, Christy launched Every Mother Counts, an action and mobilization campaign designed to educate and support maternal, newborn and child health.

Christy currently serves on the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council and as an adviser to the Harvard School of Public Health Board of Dean’s Advisors, Mother’s Day Every Day and the White Ribbon Alliance. She has contributed writings to Marie Claire Magazine, Yoga Journal and Teen Vogue along with contributions to the Huffington Post, BlogHer, MomsRising, Canada’s Globe and Mail and the UK’s Evening Standard. She has guest corresponded on NBC’s Today Show, which included reporting on the status of girl’s education in Afghanistan and an interview with H.H. the Dalai Lama. Christy is also an avid yogi and merged her love of the practice and writing to author her first book, Living Yoga: Creating A Life Practice (Hyperion 2002). She also founded two successful lifestyle brands; Sundãri, an Ayurvedic skincare line and nuala, a yoga inspired apparel and accessories line. She recently completed her first ING NYC Marathon, running with Team Every Mother Counts to raise awareness for maternal and child health.

Christy graduated cum laude from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies where she earned a BA in Comparative Religion and Eastern Philosophy. She is currently pursuing a MPH at Columbia University’s Mailman School in New York City, where she lives with her husband -- filmmaker Edward Burns -- and their two children.
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How Lessons From Haiti and Miracles in Nepal Show Us What Is Possible

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2015 | 12:37 PM

Amidst the destruction and aftermath of the recent earthquake in Nepal, daily miracles and moments of compassion illustrate what is possible when humanity bands together -- babies pulled alive from rubble, mothers sheltering hours-old newborns and citizens rushing in from around the world to provide relief to massive suffering. We're...

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Misleading Evidence: Why Maternal Mortality Rates in the U.S. Are Not Plummeting

(19) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 11:35 AM

Last week, a blog post caught our eye called Evidence of Abundance #2. Normally, this kind of article would have been right up our alley. We believe in focusing on the good things that are present in our lives, and we're grateful for all the ways abundance shows up...

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Christy Turlington Burns says 'C-Sections Save Lives When Performed Appropriately'

(2) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 9:07 PM

Last week, a Huffington Post headline read: Christy Turlington Burns Says C-Sections As The Norm In U.S. Are 'Dangerous For Both Moms And Children,' and it sounded like maybe Christy and Every Mother Counts, the nonprofit organization she founded, might be anti-C-section. Like many issues, things are not...

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Put Young Girls at the­ Center of Development

(30) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 10:17 AM

Do you remember your favorite toy as a child? Your first day at school? Your first love? The moment you clearly felt you'd become an adult?

Many young girls will never have any of those memories. As of today, the International Day of the Girl...

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Put Young Girls at the Centre of Development

(65) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Do you remember your favorite toy as a child? Your first day at school? Your first love? The moment you clearly felt you'd become an adult?

Many young girls will never have any of those memories. As of today, the International Day of the Girl Child, around 250million of...

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Every Mother Counts in Haiti

(18) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 12:40 PM

As a Global Maternal Health Advocate, I get to travel the world quite a bit meeting individuals and visiting programs with tremendous potential and incredible vision to improve the quality of life for countless others. These trips help to educate me about the challenges and solutions facing vulnerable populations, particularly...

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Putting the Meaning Back into Mother's Day

(50) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 5:48 PM

Since our inception, Mother's Day has been our biggest attention-grabbing, awareness-building opportunity to rally the troops and engage new audiences to join our efforts to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for all moms. For many it's the only time of the year when moms are celebrated and most present in...

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Returning to Haiti

(38) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 9:39 AM

I'm returning to Haiti this week with feelings I haven't had on too many of my previous trips -- optimism and pride. When I first visited back in January of 2012 on the second anniversary of the devastating earthquake that leveled the country, I left feeling a sense of awe...

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Making the Connection Between Technology and Maternity

(4) Comments | Posted April 14, 2013 | 12:05 AM

This post is part of the Global Mom Relay. Every time you share this blog, $5 will go to women and girls around the world. Scroll to the bottom to find out more.

We're living in miraculous times where connections are made at the blink of an eye,...

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Grand Losses: Musings on My Miscarriage

(9) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 12:37 PM

A foreword from Christy Turlington Burns: One thing that has become abundantly clear to me as I have advocated for the health and well-being of girls and women over the years is the innate power we each have within us to establish deep connection with one another and heal...

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My Valentine Invitation

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 11:59 AM

This February contains a plethora of important events -- almost too many to name. There's Valentine's Day, the start of the new Congress, the State of the Union address and several significant opportunities to look back and honor those who have come before us, including celebrations for American History and...

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Going the Distance With Moms

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 6:33 PM

During the past few months we've been talking a lot about distance. We've become slightly obsessed, what with our running challenges for maternal health, inviting people around the country to do marathons or run/walk 5ks with us, and asking readers to check out our short film, The Walk....

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Part 2: In the Minds of Mothers: How Mental Health Impacts Mothers Worldwide

(5) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 10:05 AM

Part two of a two-part Q&A between Christy Turlington Burns and Dr. Jessica Zucker about motherhood and mental health around the world. To read part one, click here.

CTB: We often talk about the upside of the global maternal mortality tragedy as being the fact that pregnancy and...

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In the Minds of Mothers: How Mental Health Impacts Mothers Worldwide

(9) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 9:55 AM

Part One of a two-part Q&A

Ever since I experienced a childbirth complication, after delivering my daughter in 2003, I have been a global maternal health advocate. The focus of No Woman, No Cry, the documentary film I made in 2010 and Every Mother Counts, the...

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Let's End Child Marriage So Girls Can Be Girls

(248) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 8:21 AM

In the time it takes to read this column, around 70 girls below 18 years old will have been forced into marriage, often with dire consequences. Every three seconds, a girl under the age of 18 is married off. That's 10 million girls every year who are married to older...

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What The 2012 International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference Means For Global Health

(8) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 2:29 PM

The International AIDS Society (IAS) kicked off it's biannual conference in Washington D.C. this week. These meetings are a really big deal for everyone working on the fight against HIV/AIDS, and this year's is especially noteworthy as we gather back here in the U.S. for the first time...

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How Washing Hands Can Save Lives

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 8:56 AM

It's a standard of all handwashing posters no matter how elaborate or simple: Wet the hands, use soap, lather, rinse and dry. For many, these posters are an unnecessary reminder of what is already known and a waste of paper. But, these posters do more than jog memories: they offer...

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Global Motherhood: What Lies Ahead For The Maternal Health Community

(4) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 7:19 PM

Last week, the maternal health community received some positive news. According to a new report released by the World Health Organization, the number of women who died from pregnancy and childbirth complications dropped to 287,000 in 2010 -- a steep decline from the 358,000 maternal deaths reported in...

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Tribute to Motherhood

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 7:00 PM

No matter where she is from, a mother's happiness will depend on her child's wellbeing. This similarity cuts through all other differences that may exist between mothers living on opposite sides of the world. It means a mother with a healthy child can empathise with another mother's pain at watching...

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Improving Maternal Healthcare, One Song at a Time

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 12:29 PM

Note from the bloggers: As fellow music lovers and advocates for improving maternal health, we're joining our voices to let you know about a new CD that will help make a difference in women's lives around the world.

"Daddy, Daddy," a little girl calls out in the background. The strumming...

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