Juneau Family Birth Center's first post-pandemic Fun Run fundraiser

    Runners and walkers take off at roughly 9:00 a.m. Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Jasz Garrett/KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau Birth Center had its first post-pandemic Fun Run/Walk on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m.

    Maddie Grymes, the director of Juneau Family Birth Center, talked about the event.

    "Our Fun Run, there's a one-mile walk. So you can start at the Birth Center and walk out half a mile and then walk back. And then there's going to be a five-mile run. So that's from the birth center up to the pump house by Salmon Creek Dam trail and then back."

    Teens and adults were $20 and kids were free.

    Grymes talked about how the fundraiser will help others.

    "This is a fundraiser. So the Juneau Family Birth Center is a practice that provides prenatal care to folks from conception through six weeks postpartum. And one of our programs that we have under that nonprofit is a Donated Healthcare Program. So for folks who don't have insurance or who have just like catastrophe insurance. They have the opportunity to apply into the Donated Healthcare Fund. So all of the funds that come through this fundraiser today will go into that fund for other people. This is our first fundraiser actually since the pandemic was declared. So we're kind of shaking off the dust and getting the creative juices flowing for what our fundraising is going to look like now that things are opening up a little bit more."

    Grymes shared her role.

    "I provide care to our prenatal clients as one of their providers. And then I'm also the director here. So I provide some administrative and financial oversight as well. I've been a midwife since 2013, so nine years now."

    Grymes said she's not sure how long the Fun Run/Walk has been happening exactly, but the earliest documentation they have is 2012, so it is at least a 10-year tradition.

    Caroline Hamp talked about her experience of giving birth at Juneau Family Birth Center.

    "It was wonderful. I felt very supported and it's very holistic in the way they care for us so to be able to give back was great."

    Hamp said what resources stuck out to her the most over the course of her pregnancy.

    "Throughout my pregnancy, I felt like I had access to a lot of different things whether it was like nutrition knowledge or prenatal massage or pathways to mental health. They gave me a lot of knowledge about who to reach out to for that. They really all encompass your health."

    Hamp also remarked on the aftercare Juneau Family Birth Center provided her.

    "You meet with them for six weeks after birth. Consistently for six weeks which is nice. They even come to your home that first week after birth so you don't have to load your baby up into a car seat right after giving birth."

    Above: Caroline Hamp and her children celebrate their mile walk with some hard-earned snacks. Below: The first-place runner, Jacob Reid ran the five miles in 46 minutes and 0 seconds.

    Below: Breanna Hills came in second, running the 5 miles in 50 minutes and 48 seconds.

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