As some of you may know, I recently signed up to be a Stella & Dot Independent Stylist.
Not heard of Stella & Dot? Well let me clue you in. Stella & Dot is an American based jewellery and accessories company that creates flexible entrepreneurial opportunities for women. Their boutique-style jewellery and accessories line is available exclusively through in-home Trunk Shows by Independent Stylists and online. The company arrived in the UK in 2011 and has been growing ever since. The founder, Jessica Herrin, wanted to give all women the opportunity to have their own business. You can do as much or as little as you like and fit it around family, work and all those other commitments.
I’ve loved Stella & Dot jewellery for a long time so it seemed the perfect business to get involved in to make myself some pocket money whilst I’m on maternity leave. I’m enjoying it so far (despite a few negative comments, begone detractors of mine!) and attended my first training day at the weekend where I got to see the Autumn collection and boy, are there some stunning new pieces!
However, it’s not all the gorgeous jewellery and accessories I’m here to talk about today.
Stella & Dot have a long held tradition of designing pieces in support of various charities. In the UK they are continuing Breakthrough Breast Cancer. However their newest bracelet is in support of the Global charity, Every Mother Counts. Called the Enlighten bracelet, it’s made of a bright orange leather strap with a gold-plated brass bar. Embossed inside the strap are the words, MOTHER-SISTER-DAUGHTER in French, English and German. I tried it on at the weekend and it’s a truly lovely piece.
So what is Every Mother Counts, and why do I personally care so much about it? Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organisation working to reduce the number of women who die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. They do that by raising awareness and educating audiences about the challenges and solutions facing mothers-to-be around the world. The charity itself was founded by Christy Turlington Burns who was moved to take action after reading about the numbers of women dying from complications relating to pregnancy and childbirth.
Every year, 287,000 women die from such complications. That’s one woman every two minutes and almost all are preventable. Maternal health is an important issue for all women, no matter where they live, even in wealthy countries such as the US and UK. When women are not at their optimal health before and during pregnancy, their birth outcomes can be deadly. On average, each mother who dies leaves behind four orphaned children. For each maternal death it is estimated that an additional 20-30 women suffer lifelong injuries and childbirth-related disabilities.
As someone who myself nearly died giving birth to Woody, and is still suffering the after effects of his birth, you can see why I am so fully behind this charity and am delighted to be able to share it with you and hope that some of you may be moved to do your bit and buy one of the fabulous bracelets, and support the charity at the same time. 100% of the net profit of the bracelet goes direct to the charity so that they can continue their work in areas of the world with the worst maternal health and highest rates of maternal death.
I’m setting myself a personal challenge to sell 20 of these bracelets. Why 20? Because here’s what the proceeds of 20 bracelets can help fund:
- Essential medical equipment for midwifery students
- Pays for two prenatal visits for uninsured women
- Buys six safe birth kits for mothers-to-be
So help me reach my goal and help women in some of the hardest hit areas for this truly preventable occurence.