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May and Mother's Day are so intertwined that it's hard to think about one without the other, especially here at the Preeclampsia Foundation, where we've built a nationwide campaign at www.promisewalk.org/campaign to get the word out about preeclampsia - the "thing" that for many survivors turned our entrance into motherhood into a nightmare.
I believe celebrating mothers is a commemoration of extremes. Not just because preeclampsia is an extreme condition, but because the mothers I am privileged to know represent the extremes that make up all mothers: soft and tough, nurturing and driven, catalytic and comforting, impatient and optimistic.
Next Monday, I'll be representing you to 5,000 Ob/Gyns at their Annual Clinical Meeting in San Diego. You've heard us espouse the importance of the patient-provider relationship; now we need "the docs" to embrace their half of the partnership. Who better than an "extreme" mother to tell 'em so?
And, starting next weekend, that same message about the power of knowledge - along with a clarion cry for more research to solve this puzzling problem - will be spread across this country, via The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™. Which Promise Walk are you supporting? We use the walks to force ourselves into the consciousness of our communities and to say "Do not take for granted this thing we call birth." It is can be the most beautiful thing and the most tragic thing to happen to us. Help us end the tragedy.
"Before you were conceived, I wanted you. Before you were born, I loved you. Before you were here an hour, I would die for you. This is the miracle of Mother's Love." ~ Maureen Hawkins
"Well behaved women seldom make history" ~ Laurel Ulrich
Two quotes representing who we are at the extremes. The first one, obvious. The second one, despite its Mae West undertones, I like to think of as the reason "bold" and "influential" are two of our organization's core values. We're here to be effective and sometimes that means making some noise, ruffling some feathers. I guess that brings me back to my lecture to 5,000 physicians. I hope they're ready!
There are lots of ways you can be a mother at the extremes this month.
We're honored to have you in our tribe. Happy Mother's Day!
International Society for the study of Hypertension in Pregnancy
October 23, 2016
San Paulo, Brazil