My Story -
As some of you may know, I am attempting to run the Chicago Marathon on October 13, 2019. Exactly a year ago, I was in my third trimester of pregnancy, diagnosed with gestational diabetes in what is considered these days as a geriatric pregnancy. Considered a high risk pregnancy, I was fortunate to have the best prenatal care, through weekly appointments and monitoring, so that I would be well taken care of and that Maia would be delivered safely.
Every mother deserves access to the same kind of care, but 33,000 women die every year from childbirth and pregnancy complications and 99% of these maternal deaths happen in the developing world.
I met Christy Turlington, the founder of Every Mother Counts, at a running class earlier this year and am running on behalf of her charity for my daughter, Maia.
More about Every Mother Counts -
Every Mother Counts is running the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon for the 6th year in a row to raise awareness and funds to support maternal health around the world. Hundreds of thousands of women die during pregnancy and childbirth each year. That's 800 women every day. The good news is that almost all of these deaths are preventable. Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. We run because often distance is the biggest barrier to a woman and her family getting the care they need. Simply put, we want to run so that others don't have to...And now, we're hoping you will lend your support no matter how big or small.