Maternal health and parenting issues are deeply important to me—and, I imagine, to you, too, unless you sprung fully-formed from the forehead of your father. All of us were born to mothers, raised by mothers or mother figures, and many of us are now mothers ourselves. I'm getting my hands (and feet...and body) dirty to support these issues by running a Mudderella in June to support the Seleni Institute, the only nonprofit mental health and wellness center dedicated to providing the clinical services, online information, and research funding critical to women’s reproductive and maternal mental health.
All funds raised by Team Seleni will directly support their financial assistance program, providing clinical services to women who would otherwise be unable to afford treatment for depression and anxiety; infertility support; miscarriage and stillbirth grief; relationship/marital troubles; and parenting and motherhood concerns.
It's an incredible organization that addresses issues that touch all of our lives. As someone who suffered two miscarriages and followed a sometimes-complicated path to motherhood, I think it's vitally important that maternal health issues get the attention they deserve.
On another personal note, when I took my four-year-old daughter Amalia to watch her Papi run the NY marathon, she saw some female runners and said, "Mama, girls can do it, too?" That's when I knew that I'd better run some race, some time. I'm not about to commit to a marathon. But I will happily wade through mud to show Amalia girls can do it, too.
Please join our team--it's so much fun training together!--or support the cause with a donation of any amount. And hug a mom today!
Thank you in advance for your participation and/or support!
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