Hello, friends & family! On October 7, I'll be running my first-ever marathon on behalf of Team Every Mother Counts, an organization devoted to raising awareness and funding for maternal health programs in the U.S. and around the world.
I have followed Every Mother Counts for some time, learning about their programs after the births of our children. For us, what began as routine pregnancies, grew complicated for me and my family after I learned I had pre-eclampsia. I’m grateful for the care we received throughout both of these experiences, but know it’s not the case for so many others.
- 303,000 women die each year due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
- 99% of maternal deaths take place in developing countries.
- These women are not only caretakers, but also teachers, healthcare providers and community leaders.
- 98% of these deaths are preventable.
Women across the globe live far from proper health practitioners and medical facilities. More so, these places can be limited and getting there can be cost prohibitive. By educating midwives, and by providing transportation and medical supplies, Every Mother Counts helps to ensure better birth outcomes, so that mothers everywhere can be as healthy as possible.
I'll be spending the next several months training and fundraising with all proceeds going to benefit the mission of Every Mother Counts. I’m so excited to run my first long-distance race in the beautiful city of Chicago where we live and raise our family. If you can provide support, through words of encouragement or any contribution towards my goal, I am so very thankful.
*Learn more about Every Mother Counts.