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Choices in Childbirth

A week from tomorrow, my family, friends, and I will be walking a 5k in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park to support midwives in NYC, a group near and dear to our hearts. An annual event featuring a 5k run/walk and a wellness fair, Miles for Midwives is sponsored by the NYC Midwives and Choices in Childbirth, an invaluable local nonprofit organization. (Not the only event of its kind, a quick Google search let me know that Seattle is hosting a similar event just a week later, if there are any readers out that way.)

This will be the fifth year my husband and I have participated and our second as a family. In 2009, I celebrated M4M by walking all 5 kilometers at 37 weeks pregnant. With the amount of water I was retaining by that point, it was nothing short of a miracle. I mean, look at this picture – I could’ve filled a swimming pool by draining just my face. Oy.

M4M 2009

Last year was far more comfortable, thankfully, and I was even ambitious enough to run 9/10 of the race with a little help from some Couch to 5k training in the weeks before. My husband ran it with our almost 1-year old in the jogging stroller and plans to do the same this year. Fortunately, I’ll only be 21 weeks along this time around so I expect to have a lot more fun myself.

M4M 2010

If you’re in the NYC area and would like to join us next weekend, you can learn more about the event and register here. And if you can’t make it, but would like to help the NYC Midwives and Choices in Childbirth continue to improve maternity care services for NYC families, you can donate to the event as well.

And while you’re here, take a look at the work Choices in Childbirth does. Their Guide to a Healthy Birth now comes in three editions – New York, Philadelphia, and National (all PDF links) and they offer an associated online provider guide as well.

After all, as I mentioned in my last post, the best way to have a safe, healthy, and empowering birth is to educate and advocate for yourself. After all, if you don’t know your options, you don’t have any.

Do you have similar organizations doing similar work in your local community? If so, link 'em up below and spread the word!

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