I had a very difficult pregnancy.
I suffered from hyperemesis gravirdarum, preeclampsia, gained an unhealthy amount of weight and was forced onto bedrest for the final three months. After a healthy delivery, I had extensive physical therapy (due to my problematic pregnancy) for nearly a year, after which I could finally begin to run again. So now, slower and heavier than ideal, I am comitted to running the NYC Marathon to raise money and awareness about Maternal Health Around The World.
Despite my challenging pregnancy, I WAS VERY LUCKY. I had access to excellent health care faciities and worldclass doctors. But hundreds of thousands of women die during pregnancy and childbirth each year. That's 800 women every day! The good news is that 90% of these deaths can be prevented. We have the tools and the know-how to save these mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, teachers, doctors, caregivers and community leaders—if we make it a priority.
Every Mother Counts is a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. Every Mother Counts informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world.
This year, join us in solidarity to run the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon and continue raising awareness about this global tragedy. We've chosen to participate in the race because often distance is the biggest barrier to a woman and her family getting the care they need. We hope to not only increase awareness for the cause but to also make the vital connection for people that so many pregnant women live far from health services around the world and that distance does make a difference. 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. Here are some ways you can get involved.
Together, with your help and our miles, we can make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.
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