During her pregnancy, every expectant mother has bright hopes for the new life she carries. She may have concerns about her ability to care for a newborn. But depending on where she in the world she lives, her fear may be much deeper and more fundamental: "Will my baby survive childbirth?" Or, "Will I?"
Like moms all over the United States, I'm in the midst of the back-to-school frenzy. My daughter is starting her final year of elementary school, so this is a watershed moment. I'm trying to savor every bit of it, from the 14-page registration packet I filled out last week to the search for the perfect backpack (still not found).
The International Museum of Women (IMOW) -- the world's only online museum dedicated exclusively to women's issues -- recently launched a year-long art exhibit on maternal health. Motherhood Around the Globe (MAMA) is a diverse multi-media portrayal of the joys and struggles of motherhood from artists who celebrate the universality of motherhood through their creative and insightful depictions.