Sunday, May 13, 2012

No Mother's Day

It was the mid-1980s when the Followers lost their first laboring mother. For so many generations, the maternal mortality rate was zero. Then it happened again. In some families more than one young lady died in this way. We were told that it was a noble way to die. A sure way to heaven. Many young women were terrified of giving birth.

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Have you heard about former super model Christy Turlington's call to boycot Mother's Day this year?

Here is a blurb from her organization's website (

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Whether you are a mother or you just love one, you can educate people about this issue and help prevent it. Here are some important facts about maternal health around the world.
  1. Approximately 358,000 women die each year due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth. That's one woman every 90 seconds.
  2. For every woman who dies each year in childbirth, 20-30 more suffer from lifelong debilitating disabilities.
  3. Pregnancy is the number one cause of death in women, ages 15-19, in the developing world. Nearly 70,000 young women die every year because their bodies are not ready for parenthood.
  4. Over 200 million women who would like to choose when they get pregnant don’t have access to family planning.
  5. The United States ranks 50th globally in maternal mortality, even though it spends more on health care per capita than any other nation in the world. African American women are four times more likely to die in childbirth than Caucasian women.
Almost all of these deaths are preventable.
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How do you remember those mothers who have died in labor and delivery? Do you have a story to telll? Please join the conversation below.


  1. No story to tell just a reminder of what our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ said just before He was cruified.(Luke 23:28-31)Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For, behold the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us, and to the hills, Cover us. For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in dry? Then Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; Told Titus to speak the things that become sound doctrine. That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate,sound in the faith, in chairty, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they teach the young women to be sober, to love thier husbands, to love thier children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to thier own husbands, that the word of God be not "blasphemed". I'am not in favor of planned parenthood at all nor should anyone who claims to fear God. May God continue to have have mercy is my prayer.

  2. It seems this is somthing no one wants to talk about. No storys just a reminder. I would take the reminder over planned parenthoods advise anytime. This is a group thats bad for society let alone the christain church. If raising a family is done in acordance to the will of God then you don't have all this nonsence. Mothers don't participate in this silence.

  3. I'm actually not sure how this became a conversation/debate about Planned Parenthood?

    I do not believe in or promote abortion. I do believe in doing everything possible to prevent painful and unnecessary deaths.

    I posted this to honor the memories of women who have died during childbirth.

  4. How do we honor someone who died for no reason? The women that died during childbirth in the Oregon City FOC, would have lived had they gone to a doctor, in my opinion. They died because they believed it was wrong or a poor choice to go to a doctor or the hospital. They believed that because of the brainwashing they received as children. The people that promote never using doctors are also responsible for their unnecessary deaths.

    The women that died in childbirth, that I knew were all very kind people. I miss them and am sure their families miss them a whole lot more. However, they are in a better place now. If you go to that cemetery, stop by their grave sides and say a prayer for their families.

  5. If I was in the FOC church, my daughter would have died in childbirth due to the fact that her pelvis was too small to deliver her son. Because she was at the hospital and she had a c-section, she was able to deliver her healthy baby boy with no further problems. I can't imagine God wanted her and her baby to die.

  6. I had my first baby in the foc church. my next two babies i had in hospitals and there was complications. if i had my third baby at home we both would have died. i had to have an emergency c-section.
    I love my family and am very thankful my children are alive.


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