BENEFITING: FRIENDS OF EDNAS MATERNITY HOSPITAL
EVENT DATE: Jul 04, 2013
I have been an RN working in women’s health for 23 years. I am also a runner and ran my first marathon in 1988. I only ran one other marathon in the years I was raising my two children, but running was always my outlet and my "me time" during my childrearing years. Three years ago, as my youngest was getting near the end of his high school years, I got back into long distance running and marathoning. Since I started back into marathoning I have been looking for a way to use my running for a bigger purpose.
This past fall, I watched the Half the Sky documentary. All of the stories in the documentary touched my heart, but because of the maternity hospital, Edna's story touched me the most.
I can't imagine sending one in twelve women who deliver a baby in our hospital to the morgue. In the United States, maternal morbidity rate is 12.7 in 100,000 women. To live in a country where the maternal morbidity rate is 1 in 12 is unfathomable.
The fact that Edna has a hospital within that country that has a maternal morbidity rate of 41 in 100,000 is fantastic. I admire her approach of training midwives and doing outreach programs throughout the country. Her courage to challenge the cultural norms and try to change the trend of female circumcisions is so vital to giving the future generations of girls and women a better chance of normal deliveries. I’m running to raise money for her!
Over the Fourth of July weekend, I will be running the Firecracker Quadzilla in Portland, Oregon, which means I’ll run 4 marathons in 4 days. I have never attempted this before. I know there may be walking and possibly crawling involved, but I will get it done. I think having a higher cause will also keep me focused and motivated to continue on my journey of 104.8 miles in four days!
I’m asking my friends and family to support me in this race by supporting the Edna Adan University Hospital.
Please consider giving 25¢ per mile, or $26.20, which will pretty much cover the cost of one normal delivery at Edna’s Hospital.
I want the women and children of Somaliland to have access to safe, clean maternal care...the level of care that we're all fortunate to have access to here.