Fight or Flight

Posted On Wednesday, October 31, 2018 By Abrianna Wahlstom

I was induced at 38.5 weeks due to swelling and high blood pressure. It started around 34 weeks and continued to get worse. I felt like my OBGYN was very thorough and I was continuously monitored closely. When we decided to induce I was starting to see spots and kept vommitting , which was not present at all through my entire pregnancy until the end. It took 37 hours, an epidural, a mechanical cervical dilator, multiple rounds of a medication to soften my cervix, and many hours of pitocin later before our baby girl was born perfectly healthy. I remember hearing the cries of other babies being born and felt like I would never get to that point. So, we... Read More

Pre-e Baby: A gift after sister's murder

Posted On Wednesday, October 24, 2018 By Patricia Franklin

My sister was found murdered in an alley on June 24, 2015 at 1:30 a.m. I was five months pregnant with my baby girl. I had just found out I was having a baby girl the day before my sister was murdered. My sisters name was Alicia Faith Todd and she was 21-years-old when she was murdered. We were two years apart and we were each other’s world. I truly believe that God doesn’t make mistakes and that's why he gave me my baby girl, because he knew he had to take my sister. It was a hot summer that year and, like many pregnant women, my feet... Read More

Life's Hard Lessons

Posted On Friday, September 07, 2018 By Nermeen Farag

I am sharing my story in the hopes to raise awareness , I was a healthy woman and having no previous medical history, had a healthy pregnancy, and I could have died few hours after giving birth without any warning. I never even knew that there was such a postpartum preeclampsia.  Not many know about this but it is a deadly pregnancy complication that is also one of the leading causes of maternal and infant mortality and illness. That has no cure! With dangerous symptoms like uncontrollable high blood pressure, high levels of protein in your urine, swelling in legs and feet sometimes sudden, blurred vision, dizziness and gaining more then 4lbs a week. You can also get... Read More


Posted On Friday, September 07, 2018 By Ebony Ford

After 6 years of infertility & loss, my husband & I finally conceived our baby girl Reign Victoria. Our pregnancy was completely uneventful until week 26. While on vacation I began to experience shortness of breath and severe swelling. By the time I got on the plane to come home I couldn’t fit my shoes, could barely breathe and couldnt see very well. I was rushed to the hospital on the ground and after blood, urine & radiology tests I was diagnosed with sudden onset severe preeclampsia, pulmonary edema and HELLP syndrome. I was rushed into a crash... Read More

Listen To Your Body

Posted On Friday, September 07, 2018 By Kelly Chando

In December 2017, I gave birth to my first child. What should have been a routine delivery, quickly escalated into an emergency C-section and visit to NICU for my son. Once I was home, I knew something wasn’t right. I had increasingly blurred vision and pain in my stomach, extreme shortness of breath, debilitating headaches and was still significantly swollen. It wasn’t until I attempted to get up from a chair and nearly passed out, when my husband raced me to the doctor’s office. My blood pressure was 165/100 when I arrived and no sooner was I taken to the emergency room.  I was readmitted with a severe case of postpartum preeclampsia, battling the effects... Read More

Blue Hands Aren't Normal

Posted On Friday, August 24, 2018 By Tracy Rytell

Sitting in a conference room surrounded by colleagues, I couldn’t help but stare at my off-colored hands under the table. I had been experiencing a lot of swelling in my hands and feet for a few days prior and thought ‘maybe my hands are just swelling again’. When a coworker asked if I was ok, I held up my hands and said “I think my hands are turning blue.” By the audible gasps in the room I knew my eyes weren’t playing tricks on me, my hands were in fact blue and very swollen. I was 34 weeks pregnant. I made my way to the ER, my blood pressure was 180/110, and I was immediately ushered past the people waiting in the waiting room. This was my second... Read More

Surviving Postpartum Preeclampsia

Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2018 By Jennifer Silver

I wrote this a few weeks after returning home from the hospital. I never thought this would be my birth story. As I hold my newborn daughter’s tiny perfect hand and stare at her beautiful face, I realize how close I came to not having this moment. Despite how sick I was, I remember way too clearly that night in the emergency room, where it was made alarmingly clear. Things were missed, things were done wrong, and while maybe it couldn’t have been prevented there is a chance that it could have been. I am sharing my story in the hopes that it can raise awareness and to teach that you have to be your own advocate. Because of the fact that pregnancy and labor and delivery... Read More

It Wasn't My Time

Posted On Thursday, August 02, 2018 By Ana Maria Sarabando-Gaspar

Becoming a mother was always a dream of mine and a wish to accomplish. When trying to get pregnant, I wasn’t working, and we searched every possible option available. I’ve seen numerous doctors and all said I was too fat, or because my period wasn’t normal, I wouldn't be able to conceive. After putting my body through endless counts of clomid treatments, I knew that myself and my husband would need a break, both mentally and physically! We searched for better options, new doctors, and even took a mini vacation getaway to clear our minds! After endless blood work, tests and ultrasounds, we finally were able to conceive not one baby but two! I took everything seriously and... Read More

Vera Joy`s Life Cut Short

Posted On Monday, July 16, 2018 By Irene Chrismer

After many long months trying to get pregnant, I finally saw those 2 pink lines in September 2017. My husband and I were so excited to be pregnant and were looking forward to welcoming this new life. I had a great team of OBs who did early genetic testing to reveal that we were having a healthy baby girl. I had ultrasounds which confirmed she had a strong heart and was growing well. When I made it to my second trimester, all my fears of miscarriage were relieved and my assumption was that I would have a healthy baby girl by her due date of June 1, 2018. We bought a crib and way too many baby clothes (because how can you resit them?!) I felt great throughout my pregnancy... Read More

Australia Medical Team Saves Mom and Baby

Posted On Wednesday, July 11, 2018 By Danielle Naylor

I had my baby shower on Sunday, July, 31st 2016, wearing high heels and a big smile on my face as I was 31 weeks pregnant and feeling great. I laughed through the day, thinking how easy and beautiful my pregnancy had been, how I’d had no morning sickness and a strange amount of energy for someone in the third trimester. I ate cake, got spoiled and played lots of fun games with my friends and family. The next morning, I had a check up at my ob/gyn, and some blood tests came back indicating a high level of protein in both my blood and urine. My OB took my blood pressure which had been totally normal up until that stage and it was through the roof. She told me to go home and... Read More

Fight to Survive

Posted On Friday, June 22, 2018 By Michelle Gray

I went for a routine OB check up on May 25, 2018. At my previous appointment my protein level in my urine was slightly elevated, as was my blood pressure (BP). I didn't think of it as anything serious , as I had recently been under some stress, although I had noticed I had lots of swelling from my head to my toes, excessive tiredness, very short of breath all the time, etc. This was my 4th pregnancy, I've never had ANY bit of complications and my other 3 were full term healthy babies. I knew these symptoms were a "different" feeling. At my check up that day on May 25th and my BP was again "through the roof" as they called it, and the doctor admitted me into the hospital for 24... Read More


Posted On Thursday, June 21, 2018 By Jill Carlo

Roughly 30 weeks pregnant. Just another normal trip to my OB for a progress check-up on our little girl and myself. Check in, wait to be called, pee in the cup, check my weight, the normal routine. Then the nurse checks my blood pressure (BP). She pauses and checks again. She asks if i've ever had high BP before. It`s never been an issue in the past... The doctor comes in and we chat a bit about how I`m feeling, etc. I felt perfectly fine. We just thought the high BP was a fluke. Maybe anxiety from a stressful job? Fast forward 2 weeks and again, my BP was high. My doctor is now getting concerned and orders a 24hr urine test for me. How fun!  He said it was... Read More

R.I.P. Brantley A. Williamson

Posted On Friday, June 08, 2018 By Ann Larson

Alright, here is my story. It has taken me some time to be able to tell it but here it is...My boyfriend and I had found out that we were going to have a baby on February 14th of 2017. We were very ecstatic and nervous but totally ready to both be a Mother and Father! At 25 weeks I started to experience severe heart burn that was making me sick and edema to the point where I couldn't wall. I would get short of breath only walking 10 steps or so and would have to sit down...then one night came the lower right abdomen abdominal pain that radiated to the lower right side of my back. It would come and go and at points get unbearable to the point it was making me physically... Read More

Aspirin Helps Midwife with History of Preeclampsia

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2018 By Courtney Watson, CNM

When you're a midwife you know that most women have healthy normal pregnancies. This means when you are growing your own baby, you assume you will be one of those. At 32 weeks my routine visit became an extra sonogram with questions like "how sure are we of your due date?" Well a sonogram at 7 weeks is about as accurate as you can get, so I knew there was something off. Turns out our little baby was much smaller than we thought, small enough to earn the diagnosis of IUGR (Intrauterine Growth Restriction). Weeks later after many ultrasounds and visits to the maternal fetal medicine specialists one blood pressure was a little elevated and I started a 24... Read More

It Can Happen Twice

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2018 By Taylor Logan

I was a 19 when I had my first child (2016) and I had perfect blood pressure the entire time through my pregnancy with my son. The day I was sent home from the hospital my blood pressure sky rocketed and I had tightening in my chest, to where I couldn't breath so my husband took me to the ER. My blood pressure as high as 170/120 and although I didn't know what was normal, I knew something was wrong. After having to be readmitted to the hospital for three days being hooked up to a magnesium drip I was sent home with no blood pressure medicine so my blood pressure spiked again, leaving me no choice but to go back to the ER. Going back to the ER that second time my husband,... Read More

Tommy Lee Martin

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2018 By Kerri Hudson

Tommy Lee was my first grandchild (blood). He died at birth due to my daughters preeclampsia. For someone I never really knew, I love and miss him so much. I was in the room with my daughter when all of this happened. Her boyfriend was trying so hard to get there quick. We thought she would be transported to OU Med Center then all hell broke loose. She had to have an emergency C section and lost little Tommy. I almost watched my daughter die that day too. I know some won't like this but we totally blame the doctor. We found out she has done this before and the baby lived but will have mental problems his whole life. I don't understand how the doctors get away with that! Sometimes... Read More

Very Ill During Pregnancy

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2018 By Heather Robertson

In December 2016, I was 6 months pregnant with my 2 baby and had to get my gallbladder removed. I could no longer eat and was losing weight. After that surgery, I experienced the worst pain in my upper right chest. I was hospitalized about 3 times for the pain. Finally, a real doctor showed up (I was at a teaching hospital and none of the residents could do anything aside from order Tylenol) she asked me to try lidocaine patches. I was so desperate, I would’ve tried anything. Well, I managed to make it full term and showed up in the hospital with severe pre-eclampsia and was put on magnesium sulfate. The baby went transverse breech after my water broke, so I ended up... Read More

Grateful for my Medical Team

Posted On Tuesday, May 15, 2018 By Paula Hedrick

I am a 43 year old survivor of pre-eclampsia. It was because of my age at my most recent pregnancy that my doctor determined early on to monitor my health extremely close and even told me to do my best to limit stress and also recommended I take baby aspirin everyday along with my prenatal vitamins. His recommendation of aspirin was due to my previous two miscarriages. The first indication that I may have pre-eclampsia was high blood pressure at my monthly appointments, then came the bloody noses. At first we thought they were due to the irregular weather, so we tried a humidifier per a recommendation from a specialist whom I had seen due to my age. The bloody noses were... Read More

HELLP and Pre-E x 2

Posted On Wednesday, May 09, 2018 By Leslie Vaughn

April 29th, I went in for a normal OB appointment. My nurse noticed my blood pressure was high, 177/97. So she had me sit down and went to get my doctors. They came in and had my lie down and relax as they had a normal conversation with me. After about 10 minutes they rechecked it and looked at my urine sample. The constant protein in my urine was higher than it usually was and my BP had gone up a little more 180/98. So they sent me to the hospital. They began taking labs asking for urine, and putting the fetal monitors on. A nurse came in to test the urine sample and came back in the room asking why my doctors said nothing about how dark my urine... Read More

My Postpartum Preeclampsia Story

Posted On Tuesday, May 01, 2018 By Aisha Arnold

I had my second son January 30th 2018 by a planned c-section at 37 weeks gestation. My c section was planned 3 weeks early to prevent uterine rupture. I had a previous surgery called a myomectomy, which is to remove a large uterine fibroid by making incisions on the uterus. I was told I needed to have c sections every pregnancy 3-4 weeks early to prevent rupture. I also had a previous c section January 3rd 2017 with my first son. My second pregnancy I had no issue with my blood pressure at all. Not even after my delivery. I stayed in hospital for 4 days, and I thought everything was great. I was home for about a week and remember getting really cold one night, so cold my body... Read More

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