January 2018

New grant funding program announced for researchers
We're pleased to announce a new grant funding program, the Peter Joseph Pappas Research Grants, designed to accelerate preeclampsia research. The ultimate goal of the grant program is to drive research that will eliminate the delivery of pre-term babies as an intervention for severe preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome, and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Named for the infant son of preeclampsia survivor Lauren Pappas and her husband Clement, the program will award grants totaling up to $200,000 each year.

Investigators meeting the program's criteria are invited to submit Letters of Intent for 2018 proposals by January 31. Letters of Intent that are of interest to the scientific review committee and the Preeclampsia Foundation's Board of Directors will then be invited to submit full applications by March 19 with award decisions rendered in early May 2018.

Complete details can be found online here. Letters of intent are due by Wednesday, January 31, 2018, via email to PJPGrants@preeclampsia.org.
Thanks to you, we met our goal and then some!

We did it! Thanks to your generous support, the Preeclampsia Foundation raised well over $75,000 during our 2017 year-end campaign, surpassing our goal by over $10,000. On behalf of families everywhere, thank you for your commitment to a shared vision of a world where preeclampsia no longer threatens the lives of mothers and their babies.
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When defying your doctor's office is the right thing to do
When Amber's complaints of unrelenting pain were dismissed by her doctor's receptionist, she didn't take no for an answer and insisted on being seen. A short time later, Amber was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome and rushed to surgery fo an emergency C-section. Amber knows only too well how important it is to trust your instincts.  She's sharing her story  to show you just how important.

It all began around 31 weeks...
I couldn't move, I had pains that I (still to this day) cannot describe. I told my husband on numerous occasions that, "I think I'm dying." It just had to be how you feel when you're pregnant and 31 weeks, right?  

Fast forward four weeks (and after at least three separate trips to my OB/GYN because of pain), when I finally called and said "I have to come in today!" The receptionist called my bluff and said, "You were here on Monday and the doctor said you are fine. Why don't you go home and relax and see how you feel later today?"  My reply, "I don't care who I see, I'll come see you, but I will come in today!"  She told me to come in at noon to see the nurse practitioner. 
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