Editor’s Note: Kassia Meador recently traveled to Haiti with Christy Turlington to learn about Every Mother Counts, an organization started by Turlington. EMC is campaign devoted to ending preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world by informing, engaging, and mobilizing new audiences to take action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women worldwide. The following is a transcript of a conversation with Kassia about her life-changing trip.
It really changed my life forever. Just being there in Haiti with Christy and the people she was working with from EMC, training more midwives and spreading the word – walking into the hospitals was more full-on than I ever could have imagined. It was gnarly; the heat, the flies, the blood, little baby chickens running in and out of the hospital rooms, women in labor, others about to go into labor, the miracle of life and the frankness of the situation was something that will never leave me.
When I went down to Haiti to document Christy Turlington and her non-profit Every Mother Counts, it was a huge deal for me. Christy was a name I grew up with, as she was one of the most iconic super models of the 80’s and 90’s. I was extremely impressed and inspired with the work she was doing with EMC. She was around in a time when supermodels were true role models: worldly, well-read, well-versed in politics, and the type of woman everyone could, and should, look up to.