Thank you for visiting my 2017 Promise Walk for Preeclampsia fundraising page.
My story is one of sorrow and one of hope for the future. Sorrow that our daughter flies with the angels and hope that our other daughters and the future wives of our sons will not have to worry about this terrible "disorder of pregnancy" that effectively killed Darby. Too, my life was also almost lost because of the high blood pressure that I had while in the hospital with Darby. I am thankful for the nurses and doctors who were with me for saving my life, even if it was too late for our Darby. Here is Darby's story:
My husband and I found ourselves pregnant with our fourth child in 2012. In November, during a prenatal screening, we found out we would be welcoming another girl into our family! Our family was preparing for the arrival of our new baby, Darby Grace, in May of 2013.
In the early morning hours of April 7, 2013, I began having steady but non painful contractions. I thought I was in preterm labor at 35 weeks. We called the doctor and told them we would be heading to the hospital. When we reached the hospital, everything seemed to be moving in slow motion. We were finally set up in a room and the nurses were putting bands on my belly. They were having trouble finding Darby's little heartbeat. I had just been to the doctor for an OB appointment on Friday, so I knew exactly where they found her heartbeat. The nurses still had no luck. They called in an ultrasound machine which confirmed that Darby had died.
Darby should have had her fourth birthday this year: princesses, rainbows and unicorns. Instead, we put flowers from our gardens on her grave. I still feel like I am living in a dream and the words "I'm sorry there is no heartbeat" echo through my thoughts daily. It's a terrible nightmare that, unfortunately, I know other parents will go through as well. Stillbirth is more common than people know. 1 out of every approximately 160 babies is born silently in the United States alone. That staggering statistic equates to about 26,000 babies being born silently each year.
I am grateful for your donations and for your help in spreading the word about preeclampsia. My goal is to help our community raise funds and awareness and save the lives of moms and babies!
Please make a donation to support our efforts to fund education and research into this life-threatening disorder of pregnancy.