This past weekend I was involved in the Dupage March for Babies in Lisle, Illinois. There were many adults and children participating in the race, a few of which discussed their journey of becoming involved in the organization.
Whether it was because they had a child that was born premature, or they had lost a child for various reasons, it was such a special mother of a movement. March for Babies is more than just a walk in a beautiful park, it is a movement that is attempting to make a difference in communities by ensuring all moms have access to care as well as protecting the health of families. Our country remains one of the most dangerous developed nations for childbirth, especially for women and babies of color. By supporting this movement, we are uniting to promote health equity, honoring those who have experienced loss by staying active and creating change, and we are caring about families throughout their pregnancyjourney by raising critical funds and awareness. Throughout my time at National I have strived to become involved in important organizations that hope to better the community. Many of my friends have had difficult pregnancy journeys, and fighting for changes in our community to support all mothers is important.
Volunteering my time to honor the families and children in our community for the 3-mile walk was important, as in the future I will have patients that have struggled with pregnancy and/or loss. Becoming involved in this organization, or any other organization, is crucial to becoming an important part of the community and a better advocate for my future patients.