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Every Mother Counts

February 10, 2015

“Two physical activities that should not happen simultaneously:

Being in labour. Walking up to 26 miles.”

"I couldn’t imagine walking across the living room when I was in labour, so the idea of having to walking up to 26 miles to seek emergency care in that physical and mental state is beyond comprehension. Yet this is the reality for countless women around the world in medically underserved regions. Even more alarming is that a woman dies every 2 minutes due to complications around pregnancy and birth, and astonishingly 98% of those deaths are preventable. When our son Fynn learned about these facts, he summed it up perfectly by saying, “If they are preventable, then WE HAVE TO help prevent them.” And I couldn’t agree more.

Every Mother Counts is a non-profit, started by Christy Turlington Burns (pictured above right), to help make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. Although we have always been friendly with them (Jason doesn’t leave home without his EMC running shirt!), I came home from my trip to Tanzania in 2013 with a whole new level of excitement and desire to deepen our commitment to this cause.”
Kim Graham-Nye, gDiapers co-founder

Kim is heading out to rural Tanzania to spend some time with the Every Mother Counts team, to learn more about a new project that is still taking shape and to better understand how g can best serve their needs.

It is no coincidence that the Mt. Kilimanjaro Half and Full Marathon are on whilst Kim is there. Every Mother Counts sees running and walking as a great way to raise both funds and awareness around maternal health, because distance is one of the biggest barriers to care. The idea is “we walk, so they don’t have to.”

So whilst Kim is there, she is also going to run her first half marathon. Husband Jason is the big runner in their household. But Kim says she feel a little wimpy saying, “I don’t want to run,” when there are so many pregnant mamas walking 24+ miles while in labour, exhausted, and scared.

So on March 1st Kim will be running in Tanzania. Jason is going to run in Sydney.
gTeam members Heather, Michelle, and Mike are running in Portland. Louise will lace up her running shoes in London, and Tyler is planning a bike ride with his 4-year-old son Lincoln. We’d love for you to consider a run, a walk, or a bike ride on that day too, with other gMums and Dads or on your own. It doesn’t have to be long or organized in any way. It’s all about the intention and conscious step to say, “If 98% of these deaths are preventable, then I care enough to be part of the solution.”

This really is Jason's favorite shirt, and he loves telling folks about the cause and how to get involved

If you do go for a run, walk or cycle, change your Facebook image to the badge below. Hopefully friends will ask you about it and you can let them know about Every Mother Counts and the amazing work they are doing. (right click to save it to your desktop, or mobile device)

EMC + g

Of course, you are always welcome to donate to the cause. Here’s Kim’s fundraising page – feel free to start your own to support the work of this incredible organisation.

We have lots more coming around the partnership between g and Every Mother Counts in the coming months… but for now our lips are sealed (sorry!).

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