Being a mom doesn't come easy for everyone. Many mothers endure complications during pregnancy and childbirth, don't have access to healthcare, or have to travel long distances during labor in order to get to a doctor. Three women die in the US everyday from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Worldwide, up to 98% of deaths are preventable if they had the right care. My first son's labor was not completely smooth. The cord was wrapped around his neck and his heart rate was not recovering as it would without this complication. After 4 hours of a stressful labor, Jackson arrived. He was placed on my chest, only to removed a few minutes later because he wasn't yet breathing. I was very fortunate to have such a great hospital to keep me calm during the labor, as well as keep Jackson safe and us beginning a happy family. My second labor posed no complications and we quickly became a happy, healthy family of four. My good friend Christine is an Ambassador for Every Mother Counts and works to raise money in Connecticut to support women in the United States, as well as worldwide. I decided that I should run the Gulf Beach Half Marathon to help raise funds for such an important cause. Every woman deserves to have a safe pregnancy, safe delivery and to be there for their children as they grow.