February 12, 2016
BENEFITING: HYPEREMESIS EDUCATION & RESEARCH FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: HER Hyperemesis Education Research
EVENT DATE: Feb 14, 2016
Kimber MacGibbon wrote -
The HER Foundation provides support and resources around the world. As such, we need to:
- build a new website with improved navigation, so patients and providers can more easily access information;
- pay for the HER 5K awareness event;
- contribute to Dr. Fejzo's research in collaboration with USC and UCLA;
- attend medical conferences.
- pay for print resources and office expenses incurred running the Foundation.
HER Foundation has been helping generations of babies since 2003. HER is the world's largest grassroots network of hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) survivors and leading site for HG information on the Internet. Our mission is to advance HG research and provide education and support to those seeking effective management strategies for hyperemesis gravidarum (HG).
HG is a disease of pregnancy characterized by dehydration and production of ketones, nutritional deficiencies (malnourishment) metabolic imbalances, loss of weight, and difficulty with daily activities due to the severity of nausea and vomiting.
While HG is thought to be a short term disease, HG is not a 9 month disease. Babies born after an HG pregnancy are more likely to be born premature, have a low birth weight, and have a four fold increase in neuro-behavioral disorders like autism, allergies, and sensory integration disorders. Mothers experience long term complications with 18% demonstrating the full criteria for PTSD, an increase rate of PMADs, and other long term health issues. HG pregnancies are more likely to lead to miscarriage than a healthy pregnancy, and under/untreated HG causes many mothers to undergo therapeutic termination because of severity and medical mismanagement.
Hospitalizations and long term effects make HG an extremely expensive pregnancy complication needing more research and support to reduce the emotional, physical, social, and financial costs.
The HER Foundation is the voice of support and hope to all who are faced with managing an HG pregnancy and its lasting effects.