We all share one common thread. One moment that is wholly unique in circumstances, location or timing, but one that is universal to every living thing on the planet. We were all born: we were all fragile babies, we all had a mother who took risks giving life to us.
In the next few weeks, during critical policy negotiations, we encourage you to show your support for all mothers and newborns. The presence of a trained health worker, along with basic medicines, vital equipment and a clean environment, can save the lives of babies on their first day, and of brave mothers giving new life. These are not difficult things to provide: it just takes political will to provide the funds to train up and equip midwives. We encourage you to take a simple action in honor of all mothers and newborns—to remind us all of our most common thread.