I wanted to revisit this episode about preeclampsia because of the recent, tragic loss of Dr. Chaniece Wallace MD, who was the Pediatric Chief Resident at Indiana University School of Medicine.
She passed away on October 24 after giving birth to her baby Charlotte via emergency c-section. She experienced severe preeclampsia, so I wanted to bring back this conversation with Dr. Cecily Clark Ganhart about what preeclampsia is, what the symptoms are, and why we need to take it seriously.
Dr. Cecily Anne Clark-Ganheart, MD, FACOG, is a maternal-fetal medicine physician (AKA high-risk obstetrician/perinatologist). She works with women who have a high-risk condition or a baby who is high-risk.
Dr. Ganhart and I also cover how common preeclampsia is, how you can reduce your risk for it, and how preeclampsia can affect both mom and baby. And we discuss why Black women are more at risk for preeclampsia due to inequalities in society and maternal health care.
While severe preeclampsia is pretty uncommon, I want you to have all the information you need to advocate for yourself during pregnancy and birth in case you experience these signs & symptoms.
You can donate to the Wallace family at the GoFundMe page linked below, as well as previous episodes with stories about pre-eclampsia.
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