We’re kicking off our first feature of 2016 with one amazing organization, Every Mother Counts. Be prepared to be inspired.
The simple yet profound concept of Every Mother Counts (EMC) has saved the lives of countless women worldwide. Through their work as a non-profit organization, EMC focuses on maternal health, providing education, training, and funding related to pregnancy and childbirth for those who need it most. Basic needs are met through innovative programs like:
– Transportation vouchers for pregnant women in Uganda enabling them to access clinics for pre and post-natal care;
– Training and educating birth attendants and health care workers in Haiti;
– Providing prenatal care and childbirth education for low-income, at-risk mothers in central Florida;
– Training activists and lawyers to document maternal health rights violations and work towards mandating better healthcare for mothers in India; and
– Providing comprehensive doula care, nutrition classes and group support to low-income at-risk women of color in New York.
Beyond the actual work they do, what we love so much about EMC is their connection to women and the running community. Not only were they founded by Christy Turlington Burns, (yes the super model who is a widely recognized maternal health activist), and lead by their accomplished staff and board of directors (super cool women, who I consider role models for myself never mind my two little girls), but they have also inspired a giant team of runners. They are made up of marathoners, half marathoners, women (and men), some who have never run before, and volunteers whose hearts could not resist this call to raise awareness. As they put it, “EMC runs to help people realize that distance is often the biggest barrier women face when trying to access lifesaving healthcare during pregnancy and childbirth.” That seems worth running for, doesn’t it?
The birth of a child should mark one the happiest, most powerful moments of a woman’s life. This organization makes that possible, even for those walking the long road.
Endless thanks to Every Mother Counts and the amazing work you do.
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