- 90% of maternal deaths worldwide are preventable.
- 60% of maternal deals in the U.S are preventabale.
- Postpartum Hemmoraghe is the leading cause of maternal mortality.
- The U.S has the WORST maternal mortality rates of any developed country and this risk is significantly higher for minorities.
Every Mother Counts is working to prevent these deaths world wide. Here is why I want to raise money for them as I train for my first postpartum marathon on May 9th, 2020.
UPDATE: Race is cancelled due to COVID-19. I will still run a solo marathon at somepoint this year, once we get into a better routinue of work and FT childcare. Thanks to all who have supported me.
On April 5th, 2019 I gave birth to my first child, my son Owen. I had a quick unmedicated vaginal birth that had no labor complications. Then following the delivery of my placenta I began to hemmoraghe. It took the medical team multiple doses of many different kinds of medications to get it under control.
Then, two hours post delivery I began to feel very funny. I mentioned it to my nurse who immediately came over to check me. At this point in time a second nurse was there doing a newborn check on Owen. I had started hemmoraghing again, so both nurses quickly started working on me. I was given more medications, and then called back my OB and told someone to prep an OR in case. During this hemmoraghe I was fully aware of the seriousness of what was happening and I worried that I was dying or that I was going to need a hysterectomy. Luckily, I was spared both of those outcomes due to a wonderful care team who reacted quickly. My hemmoraghe was again managed by medications only.
Combined, these two hemmoraghes resulted in significant blood loss. So, after all of this I couldn't even walk to the bathroom without my heart rate spiking to rates I don't even see at the end of a marathon. I ended up needing two blood transfusions and two iron transfustions to compensate for the significant blood loss that I had. I was also on medications to prevent more hemmoraghing for another 48 hours post delivery.
I am so grateful that I survived this experience but I know that I would have died if I was a third world country, since many of these medications are not readily available there. Even in the United States the outcome could have been different for me under different circumstances. Especially if I was poor or in a racial minority.
I am alive to raise my son and to run another marathon on my second mother's day weekend as a mom. Now that I am so aware of the risk of maternal mortaity worldwide I want to do something to help.
In honor of my first postpartum marathon. I am raising money for Every Mother Counts. Please help me hit my goal of raising $1,000 in honor of all the moms worldwide who deserve to survive just like I did.