A mother of three, obstetrician, director of the International Women’s Health Program at McMaster University, and founder of Save the Mothers- Dr. Chamberlain Froes has dedicated her life to making pregnancy and childbirth safer for women and babies in the developing world. Through her work, she has become an internationally respected leader in maternal health.
Before founding Save the Mothers, Dr. Chamberlain Froese worked as an obstetrician in countries across the world including Yemen, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Pakistan. There she was confronted with the tragedy of mothers dying from easily preventable causes. While working in Uganda, she recognized that there is a need to end maternal mortality, but that the issues surrounding it are so complex that they require more than just a simple fix, but a social and cultural shift.
In response to this need, together with her Ugandan colleagues she founded Save the Mothers. Save the Mothers is an international non-profit organization that educates local leaders to become influencers for change. Save the Mothers has grown to educate dozens of community leaders in East Africa who have gone on to influence their communities and save the lives of mothers and babies.
Dr. Chamberlain Froese has co-authored two books – Where have all the Mothers Gone? And The Game Changers. Both of which highlight the need for a shift in Maternal Mortality and the work that the Save the Mothers Program has initiated.
She has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her commitment to saving the lives of mothers and babies. The Royal Canadian College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has also awarded her the Teasdale-Corti humanitarian Award, a prestigious national award for her commitment to improving maternal health and the Prix d’Excellence for going “beyond the call of duty.”
Dr. Chamberlain Froese saw a need in the world for improvement in Maternal Health and she worked with Ugandan culture to create a program that is producing a sustainable cultural shift. Her work to empower community leaders and hospitals to create change has gone far beyond what so many programs try to do, simply by recognizing the complexities of culture and working with them rather than against them. She is an example to us all of how effective something can be when only someone steps up and works together with the people they want to impact.
To learn more about Dr. Jean Chamberlain Froese and how you can become involved in the work that Save the Mothers is doing, visit https://www.savethemothers.org .