According to Every Mother Counts, 303,000 women die every year as a result of complications from pregnancy and childbirth. The U.S. is the only industrialized nation with a consistently rising maternal mortality rate. 2 of the top 3 causes of death are hemorrhage and hypertensive disorders (eclampsia).
I feel incredibly lucky to have had such a great team of doctors and nurses taking care of me when I gave birth to my twins. December 1, 2018 changed my life forever! I had been diagnosed suddenly with severe preeclampsia the evening before. My body was not responding quickly to being induced, and I was being closely monitored due to the health risks preeclampsia imposes (seizure, stroke, organ failure). I began to "feel funny". My vision started to seem out of focus. After further testing they found fluid around my heart. 34 weeks and 3 days pregnant, my doctors had decided I needed to deliver via C-section. All went well, and my son and daughter were delivered safely and taken to the NICU. During the routine post-op care, I started to realize that something may be wrong. They kept having to expel the blood and conferred with each other about the amount. I began to shiver uncontrollably, and the nurses had to hold me up on my side while I vomited. I don't remember a lot, and I had to be told the story by others but essentially my uterus would not contract and kept filling up with blood that then had to be expelled. Thankfully they were able to finally control the bleeding, but all in all I lost 3 units of blood. I had to have 2 blood transfusions while in the hospital. The first was done that evening so I did not get to hold my babies or see them again until the next day.
Fast forward to a year later and I am doing well, as are my beautiful children! But I had no idea until recently that for many women this is not the case. Please join me in donating to this wonderful cause that raises awareness and enables communities to take action. I will be running in the St. Louis Mother's Day 5K on behalf of Team EMC! Distance is one of the biggest barriers preventing women from accessing healthcare.
Every mother has a story. EVERY MOTHER COUNTS.