Supporting Families and Clinicians Impacted by Amniotic Fluid Embolism

What is an Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE)?

Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) is a sudden and unexpected life-threatening birth complication that can affect both mother and baby. Although poorly understood, it is thought to be the result of an allergic-like reaction to the amniotic fluid that enters the mother’s bloodstream, a normal part of the birth process. It most often occurs during labor or shortly after delivery.

Our Approach

Established in 2008 by an AFE survivor, the AFE Foundation is a non-profit organization that unites affected families, respected health care professionals, and world-renowned researchers to reduce maternal and infant mortality attributed to amniotic fluid embolism through 3 key initiatives:
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Connect those affected to timely information, helpful resources, and other families.

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Advance clinical research to aid in better treatment, diagnosis, and prevention.

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Provide education and expand knowledge of amniotic fluid embolism for patients, families, and the medical community.

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Our Impact

Our outreach, education, and research initiatives are undoubtedly bringing us closer to ending AFE. Learn More About Our Impact. 

Families Served Globally

Clinicians Educated

Cases Submitted to the AFE Registry

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“The AFE Foundation has meant the world to me during my recovery for the past decade. It has provided support through its online community and created a sisterhood that helps me know I am not alone. It has also given me hope in knowing they are working to find the answers so many of our families deserve.” – Gia.

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Our Perspectives

Sharing the unique experiences and reflections of those personally impacted by AFE. 

Annie AFE Survivor

AFE Survivor


In Memory

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Infant Loss

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The AFE Foundation is entirely funded by donations. Every dollar goes directly toward our support, research, and education programs. We are committed to turning donations into action, including yours.