We had an amazing week at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) 40th Annual Pregnancy Meeting in Grapevine, TX! We were the only organization representing HG, and we personally educated doctors from across the world and reached over 2500 more … Continue reading →
With a bright, new decade so close, we are reflecting on our history. We began as a site in 2000, became a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2003, and in 2019, we have over 900 volunteers and an active Board of Directors. We are the voice of HG progress.
Because of your support, HER has achieved many firsts including publishing over thirty ground-breaking research studies INCLUDING THOSE identifying the first genes associated with HG; developing HG assessment tools and protocols; building a comprehensive website; creating the first iOS HG Care App to improve tracking and reporting of symptoms and treatment; and supporting HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF women facing HG.
Thank you for your past support of HER Foundation. Please consider giving again this year to support our exciting new projects that will help even more families globally! Help us launch #GivingTuesday with a bang. Feel good in knowing that you are part of a world-wide movement, working to raise awareness for philanthropy, especially as we gear up for 2020.
Mom needs a lot of rest. A quiet, trigger free room is important.
Support and compassion make a difference. HG is very isolating and traumatic. Love and support from family and friends can ease her suffering. This is not a woman’s fault: HG is in her genes, not in her head.
Many moms need to combine medications to get some relief. The HER HG Algorithm was designed to help understand treatment options. See our medication information and brochure for more information. You can bring these things with you to appointments.
No triggers. Vomiting and nausea can easily be triggered by smells, colors, lighting, and other seemingly normal things. Common triggers are listed here.
IV rehydration is important as dehydration worsens nausea and vomiting. Receiving thiamin (B1) is essential when getting an IV. B vitamins are rapidly depleted in women with HG who need a lot of B vitamins. Most multivitamins do not contain the 50 to 100 mg of B1 and B6 that HG moms need. Thiamin can prevent Wernicke’s Encephalopathy, a completely preventable and very serious complication. See our patient protocol and other tools here.
The HER Foundation is here to help and support families facing HG across the globe! Together, we are changing the future for the next generation.
Everyone has a birthday, and October 1st is ours! We are celebrating 16 years as a 501(c)3 nonprofit! But what’s a birthday without gifts? We begin the celebration unwrapping gifts from our community…to our community.
Our amazing partners in Copenhagen, CanopyLAB, have been working with us since June to prepare FREE online HG courses for you and your family. This is a dream come true for many of us: HG courses available for all. HER’s knowledge and CanopyLAB’s talent and platform come together to bring you four courses!! Create your login and take the courses.
In addition, Cindy is sponsoring a giveaway for YOU! Between October 1st and October 22nd, the three largest donors to the HER Foundation will receive store credits from Your Little Dove and be able to choose from the beautiful selection of items: these three lucky people will receive a gift of either $100, $50, or $25. Thank you Cindy!
Courses, 16% donations, and a giveaway are only the part of the celebration. Each Sunday in October will be something special for you!
We are thankful for our generous partners adding a lot of excitement and kindness to our 16th celebration. But we cannot do what we do without our wonderful community: YOU! Please help us reach our fundraising goal of $16,000 for HG Progress. We are excited to celebrate with you.
I am HER!
You are HER!
We are HER!
Together, we are an unstoppable
force for healthy moms and babies.
Would you like to participate in HG Progress? We have research opportunities for currently pregnant moms with and without HG. Please participate.
HELP Score Validation
We are doing an important survey to validate the HELP Score (HyperEmesis Level Prediction Score) which tells us how severe HG is today.
We need women to fill out this survey; before and after they have a change in treatment. Start by filling it out the day before you get medical care like IV fluids or new medication; then fill it out again about 12-24 hours later. If you’re in the hospital, please try to fill it out once each day. The first survey is a little longer than the follow-up 24 hours later because we have to collect your pregnancy history and other standard research information, so feel free to start anytime. Most importantly, we need to see how your score changes with treatment. Please invite also women without HG to be our control group. Thanks!!
Nutrition Assessment Study
We know that women with HG often suffer more because of vitamin deficiencies. This nutrition assessment study will help us prove that. If you are pregnant, please fill out the research survey online. You can do it on your phone or your friend/family member can ask you the questions and fill it out for you. Please fill it out on more than one day, especially after you receive IV nutrition or vitamins. It will take about 10 minutes. You can save it part way if needed and finish later.
Note: A family member can enter your data for you.
If you have feedback, email Kimber@HelpHER.org.
Thank you for your time and for being part of HG progress!
The HER Foundation is pleased to announce it hasjoinedMoMMA’s Voices, a national coalition of patient organizations and individuals with lived experiences or those who represent them, using their voices to reduce maternal complications in pregnancy and the postpartum period.
With the wave of media and public attention on the growing and unacceptable rates of maternal mortality and severe morbidity in the United States, this coalition answers the need for a strong consumer voice to advocate, amplify, and illustrate these issues in the US. MoMMA is short for Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Advocates, which captures the coalition’s mission.
For survivors and family members of the HER Foundation, we encourage you to visit www.mommasvoices.org/individual to share your story, join the training, and use your voice to be a champion for change. If you have already shared your story on our site or with another source, you can simply copy your link into the story section after completing the demographic section of the submission.
HER joins the coalition that includes other organizational members Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE) Foundation, Black Women’s Health Imperative, Every Mother Counts, National Accreta Foundation, Preeclampsia Foundation, 2020Mom, The Shades of Blue Project, Sepsis Alliance and others still to be confirmed.
The coalition’s overarching goal is to provide a home and platform for the patient voice to actively engage in efforts to make childbirth safer in our nation. Issues like patient-provider communications, racial disparities, quality of healthcare delivery, and patient information cut across all medical conditions and heavily contribute to preventable maternal deaths and illness. Most importantly, it will provide training and tools to equip advocates to become effective champions for change.
Since the first HGAD with the theme of “Pregnant and Starving for Answers,” the international movement has grown to include organizations and people from around the world. The HER Foundation is proud to be the global leader in awareness, research, education, advocacy, and support for the HG community.
HER has achieved many firsts including over two dozen ground-breaking research studies including those identifying the first genes associated with HG, developing HG assessment tools and protocols, and creating the first HG Care app to improve tracking and reporting of symptoms and treatment. HER continues to be the voice of hope and help for HG.
As a service to moms with a current or prior diagnosis of HG, the HER Foundation will host free, monthly online support groups via Zoom Meeting on the third Thursday of the month from 12:00 – 1:00 PM/CST. Currently, there is a limit of 150 participants. Follow the Facebook event for updates and reminders.
The purpose of this online support group is to help moms to connect with other survivors of this devastating pregnancy condition. Regardless of how long it’s been since your traumatic pregnancy with HG, we hope that by connecting we can continue to heal. These online groups will be facilitated by HER Foundation Board Members and HG survivors, Sarah Coffman and Elizabeth Lowder. Both Sarah and Elizabeth are mental health professionals that treat women with HG in St. Louis, MO.
Come Home to HER for HG Awareness Day 2019, and be a VOICE in the HG community, your local community, the media, or on social media! Help spread awareness about Hyperemesis Gravidarum! One voice. One story. YOUR story may be all it takes for someone to hear our message of education and advocacy, that HG is more than what you see!
HG, hyperemesis gravidarum, is a pregnancy disease marked by rapid weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration due to unrelenting nausea and/or vomiting.
HG is not the “morning sickness” of healthy, normal pregnancies. It is a distinct diagnosis marked by severe and relentless symptoms that pose significant risks to the health of both mom and baby. Over 1/3rd of HG babies do not make it to term.
HG babies are at increased risk for low birth weight, small size for gestational age, and preterm birth. In utero exposure to HG is linked to a 3.6-fold increased risk of emotional/behavioral & developmental disorders.Nearly 20% of HG pregnancies are lost to therapeutic terminations, citing “no hope for relief.” Current treatments are not adequate to prevent termination of these planned, wanted pregnancies.
Mothers with HG’s most severe forms can experience pneumothorax, organ rupture, retinal detachment and blindness, eardrum and jaw damage, rib fractures, esophageal tears, the neurological syndrome Wernicke’s encephalopathy, or even death.
18% of women report full criteria of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSS) following an HG pregnancy. More than half of mothers have post-traumatic stress symptoms.
In 2009, inpatient treatment for HG in the U.S. cost more than $250,000,000. HG is the leading cause of hospitalization in early pregnancy, and is second only to preterm labor as the most common overall cause of hospitalization during pregnancy.