I am proudly taking on this marathon adventure with the support of my amazing family and friends. Our goal is to raise awareness and donations for a charity that we strongly support-Every Mother Counts.
Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. They are addressing the barriers to maternal health around the world and at home. These barriers can include transportation, education and supplies. These are a few striking statistics from EMC that I have to share...
1. In some parts of the world, it's not uncommon for a woman to travel at least 26 miles to reach emergency care, even while in labor.
2. Worldwide, one woman dies every 2 minutes from complications during pregnancy and childbirth-98% of these deaths are preventable.
3. 99% of maternal deaths occur in the developing world-however-the U.S. ranks 60th worldwide in terms of maternal health, and we lose 2 mothers every day from complications.
WHY WE CHOSE EMC
My husband and I chose this charity together based on the traumatic experience we had when I delivered my son. I experienced a life threatening hemorrhage during childbirth due to a rare complication called placenta accreta. We truly believe that if I was not in the care of such a skilled doctor and in a state-of-the-art hospital I would not have survived. With everyone's gracious support, we can pay it forward and provide another mother with the much needed resources to survive childbirth. Every mother should have the chance to raise a beautiful family-I am grateful every day for mine!
Thank you all for your support!!
*for further info on EMC-check out this website: http://everymothercounts.org/
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