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Special Mother’s Day Message From HHS Secretary Sebelius

“As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it is important for me to take a moment and reflect on our responsibility to support safe motherhood for everyone, everywhere,” Kathleen Sebelius writes in an article on the Saving Mothers, Giving Life webpage. “Our work at the department is to ensure all Americans live healthier lives,” she continues. “We are also engaging with global partners to ensure all women around the world have a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery,” she writes, adding, “Saving Mothers, Giving Life is a public-private partnership that seeks to help countries aggressively reduce maternal mortality” by “help[ing] countries build capacities to ensure mothers receive the essential care and resources they need during labor, delivery, and the first 24-hours after birth — the most vulnerable period for mothers and their newborn children” (5/12).