In December of 2015, CNN's Great Big Story teamed up with Every Mother Counts and produced "Instigators," a new series on innovators in women's health.  My work with maternal healthcare issues was featured in one of these episodes.  

I recently became a running ambassador for Every Mother Counts,  a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. Every Mother Counts informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world. The organization was founded by global maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns in 2010.

Hundreds of thousands of women die during pregnancy and childbirth each year. That's 800 women every day. The good news is that 98% of these deaths can be prevented. We have the tools and the know-how to save these mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, teachers, doctors, caregivers and community leaders—if we make it a priority.

Every Mother Counts supports programs that improve access to comprehensive maternity care in Haiti, Uganda, Malawi, Indonesia, India, Tanzania and the United States that address three critical barriers to maternal health care: lack of education, transportation and supplies.

Distance is one of the greatest barriers to maternal health, and millions of mothers live too far away from the skilled care and supplies they need to ensure a safe delivery.  We hope to not only increase awareness for the cause but to also make the vital connection for people that so many pregnant women live far from health services around the world and that distance does make a difference. Simply put, we want to run so that others don't have to...

As running ambassador, I am organizing a team in Chicago to run road races throughout 2016.  I will provide training support for team members,  help fund-raise for Every Mother Counts, and raise awareness about maternal health issues. To join my team, see the list of races I am running below and send me a message by filling out the contact form at the bottom of this page.  To join another team in the United States, or to see a list of races you can run with Every Mother Counts around the world, visit this link

MICHELLE HARTNEY's 2016 TEAM EMC RACES (more will be added soon!)

Bank of America Chicago Shamrock Shuffle-April 3, 2016

Big Smiles 5K-New Buffalo Michigan, July 2, 2016

Chicago Rock n Roll Half Marathon-July 17, 2016

Chicago Hot Chocolate 5k/15k-October 30, 2016

There are other ways you can help support Every Mother Counts other than running a race.

1. You can click on the DONATE button on my Crowd Rise page to contribute what you can.

2. You can purchase an EMC t-shirt & gear from and come out and cheer us on.

3. You can run with us in solidarity. Remember that any distance from 5k to 26.2 miles would be an amazing act of support of our mission. Every Mile Counts because Every Mother Counts.

We're hoping you will lend your support no matter how big or small. When you donate, 100% of your donation goes directly to support maternal health programs on the ground.

Fill out the form below for more information about joining Michelle Hartney's TEAM EMC


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