Do you know what the origin of Mother’s Day is? It was the custom of honoring mothers back at least as far as 17th century England, which celebrated (and still celebrates) Mothering Sunday. Mother’s Day in the United States originated in 1872 with Julia Ward Howe, a writer, abolitionist & suffragist who wrote the words to “Battle Hymm of the Republic.” In 1911, President Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday. It was then; Mother’s Day is to be celebrated on May 13. Malaysia is the 30th best place in the world to be a mother! The top 10 countries are Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Austria, Germany, Norway, Australia, Netherlands, Canada, United States & United Kingdom (mostly European countries). As for the bottom 10 countries are Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Yemen, Central African Republic, Congo & Liberia (mostly African countries). According to the English Collective of Prostitutes, more than 70% of prostitute women are mothers. And about 97% of single mothers keep their babies. Losing the opportunity to raise her child, even if her child is still alive, will affect a mother for life. For a natural mother whose child is adopted-out, the loss increases over time as she misses out on the moments they might have had together. Estimated 28-60% mothers who gave up their children for adoption experienced unexplained secondary infertility or too traumatized by the loss of 1 child to even try to have another. Abandon mothers are forced to raise their children alone.
Some tribes like the Assam in Africa, don’t call themselves families but “maharis” or “motherhoods.” According to Buddha, “As a mother, even at the risk of her own life, loves & protects her child, so let a man cultivate love without measure toward the whole world.” In every 1 of 10 births worldwide, there is a mother who is still herself a child. Complications from pregnancy & childbirth are the leading cause of death for young women aged 15-19. Girls in their teens are twice as likely to die from pregnancy & childbirth-related causes compared to elder women. Young mothers aged 10-14 have maternal mortality rates 5 times higher than women aged 20-24. 50% higher babies born to girls in their teens face a risk of dying before age 1 compare to women in their 20s. It is estimated worldwide that 70,000 girls & 1 million infants born to young mothers die each year due to complications from pregnancy & childbirth. About 115 million primary school-aged children worldwide are not in school & 60% of them are girls. Birth rates for teenage girls in the United States have declined in recent years but they remain much higher than in any other industrialized country.