Katie Kindelan | Good Morning America

Mother’s Day is always a special celebration for Alia McCants, not only because she is the mom of twin 4-year-olds but also because becoming a mom nearly cost McCants’ her life.

McCants, 35, was close to becoming a statistic in what has become an alarming trend in the U.S., woman dying during and after childbirth, often in instances that could have been prevented.

In the case of McCants, she safely delivered her twin children, a girl, Aria, and a boy, Carter, via C-section on Dec. 11, 2014, in a New York City hospital.