St Louis Promise Walk for Preeclampsia Coordinator Jen McCurdy sees her walk through both the heart of a survivor as well as the eyes of a therapist dedicated to helping families with birth psychology and reproductive health issues.
Her journey to the Promise Walks truly started with her first pregnancy. She was 37 weeks pregnant when she woke up feeling flu-like only to find out it was much more serious. Her blood pressure had spiked and she was diagnosed with preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. Her little boy was born healthy and she later went on to have another pregnancy. Once again, not able to avoid preeclampsia, this time she ended her pregnancy at 35 weeks after two placental abruptions and an emergency c-section. Thankfully, her son survived as well.
In St Louis’ second year of their Promise Walk, the team of coordinators hope to raise $9000 and have as many as 200 in attendance. Jen hopes that their walk provides comfort to those touched by the disease as well as awareness of the illness to those who may not have yet heard of preeclampsia and its symptoms. She subscribes to the notion of the “walking wounded” and believes her work for the Preeclampsia Foundation helps heal her lingering emotional wounds.
Ultimately, Jen would like to find a cure for preeclampsia, but will be thrilled and feel successful knowing that if she has helped create an event that touches and brings comfort to just one family, she will have done a powerful thing.
Held at Millennium Park in Creve Coeur, the St Louis Promise Walk is Saturday, May 18th. You can register online at