Saturday, October 5, 2019 Anacostia Park
Race at 8am
Fun Run/Walk at 9am
DC Birth Doulas has joined the DC Association of Certified Nurse Midwives as a sponsor of the 2nd Annual Miles for Midwives 5K Run/Walk to raise awareness about the maternity care crisis in DC and to raise funds for Mamatoto Village.
The Maternal Mortality Crisis: The U.S. maternal mortality rate has more than doubled between 1991 and 2014 with DC’s maternal mortality rate being more than 50 percent higher than the national rate. For black women in DC, the maternal mortality rate is 250 percent higher than the national rate. Research shows that 40 percent of deaths from pregnancy related complications could be prevented through access to higher quality medical care prior to and during pregnancy. This includes increased access to community doula support and midwifery services.
Miles for Midwives:100 percent of the proceeds from the Miles for Midwives 5K run/walk will be donated to Mamatoto Village to support birthing women of color in DC. DC Birth Doulas will match all client and associate donations to Miles for Midwives dollar for dollar up to $1,000 to fund doula services for Mamatoto Village clients.
Join DC Birth Doulas:Please join DC Birth Doulas in registering for the 5K and encouraging four friends to join you. We would love to see you and your family and friends at the 5K! Please help us promote the event and raise money by sharing pictures of your training and running on social media, and tagging #Miles4Midwives #4for4midwivesdc and #dcbirthdoulas
If everyone of our clients and associates registers and invites four friends to register for the 5k walk/run, we’ll reach and possibly exceed Miles for Midwives’ fundraising goal of $20,000 to help address the maternal health crisis in DC.
Mamatoto Village is a local non-profit committed to combating the increasing maternal mortality rate of women of color in the Washington DC Metro Area through their Perinatal Workforce Training Program. Through this program, trained Community Health workers help families navigate local social and health systems to secure food, housing, and quality maternal health care.