I watched my baby across the room being weighed, measured, cleaned and tended to by their neonatal nurse as the face of my doctor changed from joyful to serious. I felt the blood leaving my body rapidly as the doctor sternly called out orders to my nurse. I knew what was wrong and remember looking at my healthy baby thinking, "This can't happen." Thankfully my doctor was able to intervene quickly and also provide continued care throughout a 6 month long recovery. Some mothers in the U.S. and around the world are not as fortunate as I was and the difference is because they do not have access to the same lifesaving healthcare at childbirth that I did. Did you know that we lose 2 mothers every day in the United States due to maternal health complications and that around the world 1 mother dies every 2 minutes?!
Because of my own experience I feel compelled to run the 2019 Richmond 1/2 Marathon this November to help raise money for Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization that is working hard to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. I'd love if you would consider supporting me as a cheerleader on the side on race day or by making a donation to help this amazing cause!