Preeclampsia Redux

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Recently, I wrote about preeclampsia and my desire to study it in order to prevent and treat its life-threatening effects on childbearing women. I was reminded, again, of my commitment in a recent taxi cab ride in Davao. Odd as that may seem.

I caught a cab from Aldevinco, a shopping bazaar in Davao City, and when I did, the taxi cab driver asked me about myself. I said I was a midwife. This prompted him to reveal something unexpected, to me, about himself: he is a widower of eight years, and his wife died five days after the birth of his second son, of complications — doctors told him — of preeclampsia. As she died, blood was coming from her eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. He witnessed this. This kind of bleeding is, in fact, a complication of eclampsia and HELLP syndrome.

I promised this man that I would research preclampsia, so that care providers for childbearing women — especially midwives — can learn as much as possible about what it is and the options for preventing and treating it. With God’s help, I will do this. May God comfort all those who have lost their wives and mothers due to preeclampsia, eclampsia and HELLP syndrome.

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