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World’s biggest virtual baby shower brings children’s health to the social media audience

The UN Foundation, ABC News, UNICEF, The Motherhood and BabyCenter join moms to raise awareness on global maternal and children’s health

New York, New York —   November 7, 2011

New York, NY – On November 8, the UN Foundation, BabyCenter and ABC News, will host the Million Moms Challenge Baby Shower for Global Good; a conversation on children’s health with moms and people who care about moms.

During the 9:00-10:00am EST hour, experts from UNICEF, ABC News, the UN Foundation and the Motherhood will make brief remarks on the phone and on Twitter on why children’s health is so important and share some of their personal experiences with children around the world. An interactive question and answer session on the phone and Twitter will follow the discussion.

This hour-long discussion is part of the 8-hour-long online party that will be held on Twitter (#amillionmoms) and in the BabyCenter Community. It aims to raise awareness for underserved moms and children around the globe while promoting the recently launched Million Moms Challenge, a joint effort of ABC News and the UN Foundation with support from corporate sponsor Johnson & Johnson.

Who: 
Dr. Richard Besser, Chief Medical Editor, ABC News (@drrichardbesser & @ABC News)
Susan MacKay, Senior Communications for Development Specialist, UNICEF (@unicef)
Anita Sharma, Director of Millennium Development Goals Initiatives, UN Foundation (@unfoundation & @unfewec)
Emily McKhann, co-founder of TheMotherhood.com (@themotherhood & @emilymckhann)

When:  
Tuesday, November 8, 9:00-10:00 am EST

Join on the phone:    
 
U.S. line, please dial 1-800-311-9402
International callers, please dial 1-334-323-7224
Passcode: MOTHERS

Join online:                
Go to http://tweetchat.com/room/amillionmoms  

Tweet Me: 
Calling all moms! Join me for a global baby shower on Nov. 8 on #maternal & child health! http://bit.ly/vVyUxL #AMillionMoms

*For questions or to setup interviews, please e-mail (eporterfield@unfoundation.org or 202-887-9040).

About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities.  We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach.  Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems.  These campaigns focus on reducing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a new energy future, securing peace and human rights, and promoting technology innovation to improve health outcomes.  These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.

About the Million Moms Challenge
Using the latest in social media strategies together with world-class broadcast and digital news platforms, the Million Moms Challenge is building a vibrant community that connects moms everywhere around things all mothers care about: the right nutrition to support their pregnancies, trained midwives to assist in safe deliveries of newborns, and vaccines that allow children to survive to celebrate their first birthdays and beyond. Through broadcast stories focusing on personal stories and innovative solutions from around the world, the Million Moms Challenge is raising awareness about the extraordinary challenges faced by mothers and babies in the developing world. For more information about the Million Moms Challenge, visit www.millionmomschallenge.com.

 
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