AFE Survivor Gives Thanks and Gives Back

Every year on June 14th people around the globe celebrate World Blood Donor Day to thank the millions who selflessly give the gift of life through blood donation. Severe blood loss due to disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is a hallmark symptom of an...

Self Care after Traumatic Birth

Many have heard the term self care. It's in magazines, self help books, and even in the beloved motherhood bible, "What to Expect When Expecting". There is no doubt that self care is important. Most especially after surviving an unexpected traumatic birth. In this...

AFE Survivor Anita

I was in pushing phase of labor and was suddenly nauseous. I told my husband I was going to be sick, and he turned to get the little pink tub. When he turned back around, I was gone. My heart had stopped. It took three hits from the defibrillator and six minutes to...

AFE Survivor Amanda

We lost who would have been our third daughter, Stella, in December 2015 when I was about 21 weeks pregnant. I decided that I would proceed with a D&E following the loss. During that procedure, while I thankfully was under anesthesia, the anesthesiologist...

In Memory of Tammy

Tammy's sister shares... I was Tammy's labor coach and arrived at the hospital just after she had her epidural. She said she had never felt pain like that prior to labor pains. Tammy never liked hospitals and asked how soon she could come home. I told her probably...

In Memory of Lisa

Lisa was born and raised in Washington, DC and attended the public school system, graduating from Woodrow Wilson Senior High School. She attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance. She also...

In Memory of Teresa

Teresa has made an impact on others that has spanned the globe. Although she is not here to see that for herself, her family takes comfort in knowing her legacy will live on in the lives of those she’s touched and on others she never had a chance to meet. Teresa’s...

In Memory of Sandra

Sandra was admitted on Wednesday, April 17, to be induced. She was pregnant with her first child, Nathaniel Josiah Payne. She labored all day Thursday with little progress. By Friday morning, she began to have breathing problems and the doctors thought she was...

AFE Survivor Laura

I was admitted to hospital at 38 weeks to be induced. Late in the pregnancy I had developed pre-eclampsia, cholestasis of pregnancy, HELLP syndrome and on the last scan I had redused amniotic fluid. I went into hospital early Friday morning but it wasn't until...

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