Mamas Facing Forward

Patient Leader

Mamas Facing Forward was launched by Mariah Leach, a mom of three who has been living with rheumatoid arthritis since the age of 25. After learning firsthand the challenges of pregnancy and motherhood with a chronic illness, Mariah became passionate about supporting women with chronic illnesses who are or want to become mothers. Mamas Facing Forward was originally launched as a private Facebook community in 2015. The community continues to grow and connect moms living with chronic illnesses from all over the world, offering a platform to ask questions and share advice and experiences. Our website ( launched in September 2018 and is intended to advance our community by serving as a database of useful resources for moms and moms-to-be with chronic illnesses.


Louisville, CO


Advocating for Another

Mariah is an AMAZING force of a woman that I’ve been privileged to watch as an advocate not only for those with rheumatoid arthritis, but also for mothers who have autoimmune and chronic health issues. She’s always doing whatever she can to help find helpful information for her communities and to support them through their own journeys.  — Debra

Mamas Facing Forward

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