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Challenge: Embrace Every Mother

287,000 Women die every year from as a result of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. That's 1 woman every 2 minutes.For each of these women an average of 4 orphans are left behind. We lose 2 women everyday in the US alone. Of these deaths up to 98% are preventable.

My brothers, sisters, and I were all born at home so this really hit home for me. Healthy mothers are the foundation of life and have a tremendous impact in the lives of their children. As a protective sister and fiercely proud aunt this cause is important to me in ensuring healthy deliveries for every mother.

Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. We inform, engage, and mobilize new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world. We support programs that directly address the three most critical gaps that prevent mothers from getting the care they need; education, transportation and supplies in the United States, Haiti, Uganda, Indonesia and Malawi.

I have been challenged to sell 100 Bracelets. Join me in this cause to help make a difference! You may purchase a bracelet directly at

xo, Melissa

Every Mother Counts Overview

Every Mother Counts’ portfolio of programs links women to critical health services and ensures providers are trained and equipped to provide them with quality care. To date, EMC’s support has directly impacted 43,355 lives.

What is your direct impact?

  • 1 Bracelet: Provides a woman with transportation to and from necessary healthcare
  • 5 Bracelets: Pays for a fetal Doppler to ensure safe pregnancy and delivery
  • 10 Bracelets: Educates a low‐income woman on breastfeeding, nutrition, and newborn care
  • 20 Bracelets: Buys essential medical equipment for midwifery students. Pays for two prenatal visit for uninsured women. Buys six safe birth kits for mothers-to-be
  • 50 Bracelets: Covers the necessary books, school supplies and teaching aids for midwifery students
  • 200 Bracelets: Buys a ‘Solar Suitcase’ that will deliver otherwise unavailable electricity for lights & equipment in rural health facilities
  • 500 Bracelets: Trains a skilled birth attendant through a one‐year program

“As a community, Stella & Dot is about making a difference in women’s lives. It’s important for us to extend that mission to women and children, at home and around the world through the Stella & Dot Foundation.” – CEO Jessica Herrin


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Start Date: May 2012

About Me: Client Service Supervisor for a Fortune 25 company, Chief Encouragement Officer to loved ones, avid football fan, literacy advocate, and creative entrepreneur.

Story: I first heard about Stella & Dot from my best friend. She bought Stella & Dot earrings as gifts for all her bridesmaids.

I had never been to a trunk show before, but I knew I wanted to have a creative outlet where I could earn money and have fun. I researched the history of Stella & Dot, their leaders, and the product. I found a company with a team of women who are positive, ambitious, and supportive. So after returning from my best friend’s wedding in Puerto Rico, I signed up to be a stylist.

Since joining I have new friends in multiple states, my choice of beautiful accessories, and extra money to travel. I work part-time with Stella & Dot and encourage other women to create the means to style her own life by hosting a trunk show or joining our team of incredible women.


"To give every woman the means to style her own life!"