2019 Miles 4 Midwives DC - 5K Run & Walk
Why we run
Miles 4 Midwives is an event designed to bring together those who support quality healthcare for women, families, and communities. Our goals are to host a run that raises awareness of the maternity care crisis in DC, including disparities in access to care and maternal health outcomes, and to raise funds for Mamatoto Village.
Midwives are experts in supporting women in normal, healthy childbirth. In addition, they provide reproductive services and primary care, including annual exams, writing prescriptions, basic nutrition counseling, parenting education, patient education, and reproductive health visits. Annually midwives attend approximately 12% of vaginal births and 8% of all births. (Essential Facts about Midwives)
The five-year effort by researchers in Canada and the U.S., published Wednesday, found that states that have done the most to integrate midwives into their health care systems have some of the best outcomes for mothers and babies. Conversely, states with some of the most restrictive midwife laws and practices tend to do significantly worse on key indicators of maternal and neonatal well-being. “We have been able to establish that midwifery care is strongly associated with lower interventions, cost-effectiveness and improved outcomes,” said lead researcher Saraswathi Vedam. (A Larger Role for Midwives Could Improve Deficient U.S. Care for Mothers and Babies)
Maternal Mortality Crisis
The U.S. maternal mortality rate has more than doubled from 10.3 per 100,000 live births in 1991 to 23.8 in 2014. Over 700 women a year die of complications related to pregnancy each year in the United States, and two-thirds of those deaths are preventable. Fifty thousand women suffer from life-threatening complications of pregnancy. A report from the Commonwealth Fund released in December found American women have the greatest risk of dying from pregnancy complications among 11 high-income countries. What’s worse, there are massive disparities. Black women are three to four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women — regardless of education, income, or any other socio-economic factors. (The Rising U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate Demands Action from Employers)
In D.C., the maternal mortality rate was 36.1 per 100,000 live births in 2018, while the national rate was 20.7, according to an analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (D.C. Finally Establishes a Committee to Address Maternal Deaths)
Devoted to creating career pathways for Women of Color; and empowering women with the necessary tools to make the most informed decisions and choices in their maternity care, their parenting, and their lives.
The mission of MamaToto Village is twofold: to provide accessible support services to women and their families during pregnancy through the first six months of the child's life, and to facilitate the increase of qualified women of color serving in the Maternal Health and Human Services profession.