Christy Turlington in Redbook May 2014: Mothers Need Mothers
The 45-year-old supermodel donned a super cute blue-and-white striped dress for the Pamela Hanson-shot front page while opening up about her work with Every Mother Counts and her visits to third-world countries.
Check out a few highlight from Miss Turlington's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Redbook!
On her memorable trips:
"When I was seven months pregnant with my son, my mother and I took a trip to El Salvador where she's from. Frequent visits with her to see my extended family have taught how different life can be if you are born into poverty. This time, we traveled with the humanitarian organization CARE, and I visited a village where women were offered basic prenatal services when they came to collect water. At that point in my pregnancy I was seeing my midwife on a weekly basis. I felt great - even more prepared for birth than I had been with my daughter. I wasn't worried about the delivery this second time, but on our trip I realized that had I given birth to my daughter in a village like this one, I likely would have died. We were miles from a hospital, with no electricity, running water, or paved roads. There I stood with my plastic bottle of clean water, and these other women were, hugely pregnant, carrying heavy buckets from the well with their older babies tied on their backs. They had toddlers running alongside, families and farms to take care of, and, happily, plenty of other women to share their pregnancies with. We joked with each other, teasing a little about our bellies. The similarities we share through our pregnancies were obvious; the disparities less so."
On her healthcare advocacy:
"In many countries, women aren't jubilant when they learn they are pregnant. Quite the opposite - they're terrified."
On Every Mother Counts:
"If women and mothers work together, we can improve maternal health and greatly reduce the number of preventable deaths. Mothers need mothers. Let's be there for one another."
Photo Credit: Pamela Hanson for Redbook