Our family will be participating in the 4th annual Preeclampsia Foundation Awareness walk on May 31st in Madison. Walk proceeds will support foundation efforts to fund and drive research, raise public and professional awareness, and provide support and education for those whose lives have been touched by preeclampsia.
Most of you know that I developed HELLP Syndrome with Ariana just shy of 35 weeks. She weighed 4lbs and spent 15 days in the hospital. I developed gestational hypertension with Phoenix at approximately 32 weeks and was able to make it to 37 weeks before being induced. He weighed 5lbs 6oz and was able to room in, as well as go home with us.
From the Preeclampsia Foundation : Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period and affects both the mother and the unborn baby. It affects at least 5-8% of all pregnancies. Preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a leading global cause of maternal and infant illness and death. By conservative estimates, these disorders are responsible for 76,000 deaths each year.
I posted two news stories earlier this year where two moms lost their lives after developing this condition. Last week, I shared the video of a little boy who died from complications of prematurity which resulted after his mommy developed preeclampsia. There are countless other women out there who have lost their lives or their children. This MUST stop. Please help us by raising awareness and by donating to help researchers find the cause and the cure. I don't want to read about another woman who leaves behind a child, or who's dreams are shattered when she loses her baby.
If you are interested in walking with us, or making a donation, please click here . Our team name this year is Lang Gang. You can enter the team name in the online registration/donation form.
Here is the photo montage I put together of our preeclampsia babies.