Maternity Foundation is a Danish development organization that aims to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in developing countries. Every year, 303,000 women die from complications in pregnancy or childbirth, 2.7 million babies die during the first 28 days of life and 2.6 million stillbirths occur. The majority of these deaths are preventable.
With the vision ‘No women should die giving life’, Maternity Foundation works to empower and mobilize women to seek care, to build the capacity of and train health practitioners, so that more women give birth with skilled birth attendance. With the support of MSD for Mothers, Maternity Foundation’s own program, the Integrated Maternal Health Program in Ethiopia, works with local partners in the capacity building of health care workers and empowering the community to seek care.
Maternity Foundation has an entrepreneurial approach that focuses on developing evidence-based solutions that can be scaled up to benefit as many women and newborns as possible. To this end, the organization works closely with leading researchers and academics.
In partnership with Copenhagen University and University of Southern Denmark, and with the support of MSD for Mothers, Maternity Foundation developed The Safe Delivery App, a free smartphone application for low and middle income countries that improves skilled birth attendants’ capability and confidence to provide quality, respectful, evidence-based basic emergency obstetric care (BEmONC) that adheres to global and national guidelines.
Since 2010, HRH Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has been a patron of Maternity Foundation. The Crown Princess is an active advocate for women’s rights and health, and is a member of the international high-level panel of ICPD and patron for the UN Population Fund.