Archive for the ‘Preeclampsia Awareness Month’ Category


Join us for a Thunderclap for World Preeclampsia Day on May 22, 2017!

May 10, 2017


May is National Preeclampsia Awareness Month here in the United States, but this year, the Preeclampsia Foundation is pleased to cosponsor the first-ever World Preeclampsia Day with @BabyCenter, Ending Eclampsia/USAID, ISSHP & PRE-EMPT.   Let’s make our message heard worldwide by joining our Thunderclap on May 22 at 8am Eastern Standard Time!

What’s a Thunderclap you ask???   Social media is an easy way to say something, but it’s a difficult way to be heard. A Thunderclap is the first-ever crowdspeaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together.  When the “thunder” strikes, a single message is mass-shared by everyone who joined, flash mob-style, so it rises above the noise of your social networks and spreads awareness quickly.

JOIN IN AND SHARE: #worldpreeclampsiaday


Asheville, North Carolina Family Makes A Difference for Moms and Babies

June 1, 2015

IMG_7778 Preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome survivor Melissa Merrill is determined to help make sure no moms suffer the feeling of being alone after the delivery of a premature baby because of preeclampsia. This year, she and her husband are the 2015 Asheville, NC Promise Walk for Preeclampsia Mission Family.

On Mother’s Day 2012, my husband and I found out that we were expecting our first child. We had never been so scared yet so excited in our lives. Over the weeks, our excitement only grew as we got to experience hearing the baby’s heartbeat for the first time, getting our first ultrasound and then eventually finding out the gender. We were counting the days until we would get to meet our sweet boy who was due January 14th, 2013.

Despite my yucky but typical pregnancy symptoms, the baby and I were both healthy and doing wonderful. Around the beginning of October, I had gone to the doctor for a routine check-up and everything was looking perfect. However, the very next morning things started to change. I had woken up with some swelling in my fingers and over the next few days I started swelling in my wrists, arms, feet, knees, legs, and then my face. Read the rest of this entry ?


Powell Family Shares Their Story of Loss and Hope at the 2015 Cranford Promise Walk

June 1, 2015

11289555_810020032384394_3477410304854117522_oAs this year’s face of preeclampsia for the Cranford, NJ Promise Walk for Preeclampsia, Trashaun and Johari Powell shared their compelling childbirth story of hope and tragedy with a crowd of over 350 supporters in North-Central New Jersey on Sunday, May 17, 2015.

Trashaun Powell was only 23 weeks pregnant in early 2013, when she was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome, a severe variant of preeclampsia that affects the liver and blood platelets. She was taken immediately to the intensive care unit (ICU). The Powells were stunned to find out that their baby girl, Mia Jane, would have to be delivered immediately to save Powell’s life.

Mia was 1 lb, 1 oz at delivery, and was whisked away to fight for her own life in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

“The next day, the NICU social worker came to visit me in the ICU, and encouraged me to go down to see Mia once again because she wasn’t doing so well,” explained Powell. “I got a chance to stick my hands inside and she grabbed my fingers.” Later that night, the NICU nurse came to let Powell know that Mia took a turn for the worse. She would not make it through the night.

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Oklahoma Family Shares Story of Tragedy and Triumph

May 28, 2015

The story of Heather, Brian and Abby Hill, the 2015 Oklahoma City Promise Walk Mission Family, is filled with both tragedy and hope for others.

In 2007, Heather was pregnant with her first child, a baby girl Chloe. She began to experience severe migraines early into the pregnancy and intense swelling. Heather was having increased blood pressure at every doctor visit but still was told to go home and that everything was fine.

The Hills’ saw a specialist at 24 weeks and was informed Heather had blood clots in her placenta and they were going to have to monitor the baby closer to measure her growth as the placenta wasn’t providing her with enough nutrients. At week 26, Heather started having severe upper right abdominal pains that went around to her back and she felt the urge to urinate all the time but couldn’t go. All of these issues were told to her nurse; who said she probably was just having Braxton-Hicks. Read the rest of this entry ?


Raising Awareness in Syracuse: The Utano Family

May 25, 2015

Military spouse Beth Utano figured the worse complication she would have in pregnancy was her husband being off at Basic Training. Four months before her due date, all that changed. In her own words, the 2015 Syracuse Mission Mom tells her story:

10287343_10201639614744931_1029410408_n[1] (1)My name is Beth Utano and I am a Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome Survivor.

In November 2013 we found out we were expecting, and we were so excited. Our baby was due July 13, 2014. My husband Mike had recently joined the US Air Force and was leaving for Basic Training in Texas in March and would not be back to New York until October. He would miss the birth of our first child, but being a military wife it was something I had to deal with. A few weeks before he left we found out we were expecting a girl. We chose the name Samantha. Bringing my husband to the airport to say goodbye was very hard, but I had to be strong. He needed to know that I would be okay while he was gone.

Towards the end of March I started having headaches and heartburn throughout the day. Many people told me that heartburn meant my baby would be born with a lot of hair. The first weekend in April the pain was so bad, all I could do to be comfortable was lay flat on the floor. I had a burning pain under the bottom of my ribcage, and starting vomiting dark colored bile. That Monday morning I called my OBGyn looking for a prescription for my heartburn because Tums were not working. They said I needed to be seen and made me an appointment to come in that morning. I should have known something was wrong when I walked in the door because there was a nurse waiting for me when I arrived. They did blood work, checked all my vitals and the next thing I knew my mom was there. I was told I was being sent to the hospital to be seen by a specialist. At that point I didn’t understand what was going on; my baby was only 26 weeks along.

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Powell Family Makes Strides for Atlanta-Metro Walk

May 22, 2015

The pregnancy story of 2015 Atlanta, GA Promise Walk Mission Family Buddy and Brittney Powell begins much like any other: excitement and anticipation for their coming baby! Unfortunately for Brittney, her pregnancy took a difficult turn. Here is their story in Buddy’s own words:

Brittney_birth_announcementSnow Jam 2014 brought more than just the excitement of snow… we were going to be parents! Although we could hardly contain our excitement of becoming parents, we decided to wait until we were twelve weeks to share our news with our family and friends.

The beginning of our pregnancy was a breeze! We sailed right through the first five months with no morning sickness or any signs of what was to come in our future. Unfortunately, the “smooth sailing” ended during week 26 of our pregnancy. During a routine check-up, Brittney’s blood pressure was elevated, which caused a great concern among her group of Ob doctors. After a few hours of being monitored at the hospital, Brittney was sent home… but not for long! Read the rest of this entry ?


Norris Family Raises Awareness for Kansas City, Missouri

May 20, 2015

baby_norrisOne of the most important parts of any Promise Walk event is the survivor story. Today we get to meet Lindsay and Camden Norris of Team Harrison in Kansas City ( the 2015 Mission Family. Lindsay was only 30 weeks pregnant when severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome threatened her life and the life of her unborn son Harrison.

1. How have you and your family been involved with the Preeclampsia Foundation?
We have been involved with the Preeclampsia Foundation these last two years through participation, and this year in the role of mission family, with The Promise Walk of Kansas City. We so enjoy being a part of this amazing event to help support the Preeclampsia Foundation’s mission and to connect with other local families who have been affected by Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome. Through sharing our story and helping to spread awareness about these diseases- we can help save lives of other mommies and babies. Being a part of that has been the best medicine of all!
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