On September 22, 2016, I was alone in a strange playground in my new town of Hinsdale, IL, playing with my 5 and 2 year old daughters when I experienced extreme bleeding at 33 weeks pregnant. I drove myself and the girls to the ER where I quickly learned I was suffering from placenta previa and needed an emergency c-section - my husband was on a work trip in our former hometown of NYC. There are not enough words to explain that this was indeed my worst nightmare. Delivering a premature baby alone in a strange hospital with my 2 young daughters sitting in the same room as me, not to mention my own health & safety at risk - a challenging situation at best.
If it was not for the outstanding care I received by my amazing OBGYN Dr. Pamela Dorne and the incredible team of superheroes at Hinsdale Adventist Hospital including ER nurses, baby & delivery experts and NICU physicians who cared for me, my daughters and my newborn premature son for the next 32 days, we would not be here. I had nurses taking care of my children, an OB who would not leave my side and talked my husband and mother through all of the details over the phone, and a nurse who graciously called my husband post-delivery and put the phone to my ear so I could quickly tell him we had a son before he boarded his flight to get to us. The care and compassion we received was beyond anything you can imagine.
Every Mother Counts has always been on my radar as an outstanding organization and one I have always wanted to raise money for as a runner and as a mother in NYC, but could just never make the time for. Having experienced first hand a traumatic and premature delivery with amazing life saving care for both myself and my son, I am forever and ever grateful and thankful and in awe of the miracle of outstanding medical attention, technological advances and quality care and compassion that got me through those very, very long 32 days in the NICU where I cried everyday. I am so grateful and inspired by the people who helped me. Every mother should have access to this kind of care, treatment, support and health insurance. I am running the Chicago Marathon on 10.7.18 because now is the time, because Every Mother Counts, because lives depend on it, because I can.
I have since learned that the number of women who lose their lives giving birth in America has nearly DOUBLED over the last 25 years (the US has higher rates of maternal deaths than 45 other countries.) We must do better!
Please support me in my run and in my fundraising efforts for this very meaningful cause that is near and dear to me and my family.
We are blessed and grateful. Love, Erin
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