Congratulations, Prince William & Duchess Catherine!

In response to the announcement of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s third pregnancy and treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), the Hyperemesis Education and Research (HER) Foundation extends best wishes for the health of mother and baby during this joyful yet challenging time.

Distinct from “morning sickness” common in most healthy pregnancies, HG is characterized by weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration due to severe vomiting and/or nausea. Severity and duration of symptoms vary, but HG remains the leading cause of hospitalization in early pregnancy and a debilitating medical condition that can have serious health consequences for both mom and baby. It is particularly threatening to mothers without immediate access to effective treatment and IV nutritional support.

Duchess_of_Cambridge_June_2013“While the Duchess of Cambridge is undoubtedly receiving the proactive and knowledgeable care that has an enormous positive impact on her and the baby’s health, our hearts go out to her as she again experiences the disruption of health, work, and family life that many thousands of HG women endure each year.” said Kimber Wakefield MacGibbon, R.N., HER Foundation co-founder and director. “It is our hope that through increased funding for HG research, in addition to education, we can restore some of the pregnancy joy for mothers with HG, so they and their babies have a healthier future.”

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ACOG Messages from Moms

Our HG researchers and experts are attending the premier OB conference, ACOG, May 7-8 to take your messages about HG! OBs will receive a reusable lunch bag that reminds them that nourishing moms means a healthier future. We will also demo the HG Care app being developed with UCLA mHealth. Enter your message in the donation note box to join this exciting event! You can also fundraise to help us make the most of this exhibit.

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CHANGE 4 CHANGE CAMPAIGN!

The HER Foundation has been helping generations of babies since 2003. Today we launch 2 weeks of fundraising so we can serve you even better. HER is the world’s largest network of hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) survivors and leading site for HG information worldwide. As such, we need to:

  1. update our site’s navigation to improve access to the many resources;
  2. pay for HER awareness events like the 5k;
  3. contribute to Dr. Fejzo’s research with USC and UCLA;
  4. attend & present at medical conferences;
  5. fund development of an app for HG moms.

Join our fundraising campaign on Crowdrise & learn more or donate now.

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Prematurity Awareness

November is Prematurity Awareness Month and HG is one of the leading causes of prematurity. Women with HG are up to 4 times more likely to give birth early. Support our foundation’s efforts to improve the care of HG mothers and prevent prematurity through research & education.

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HER Foundation Responds to Announcement of Duchess of Cambridge Pregnancy, Treatment for Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)

Washington, DC – Sept. 8, 2014 – In response to this morning’s announcement of the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy and treatment for Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), the Hyperemesis Education and Research (HER) Foundation extends best wishes for the health of both mom and baby during a joyful yet challenging time.

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2nd Annual HER5K was a great success!

Maribel and Chris LaLanne from LaLanne Fitness Crossfit in San Francisco warm up the HER5K particpants (Read the LaLanne’s thoughts on the HER5K here)

For race results go to www.CharmCityRun.com

It was an emotional day, but one that was filled with excitement and hope. On May 31, 2014 over 300 participants and volunteers came to the National Harbor in Washington D.C. to be a part of the day to raise awareness for HG. The weather was perfect and the location beautiful. HG women and their families came from all over the United States and even an international participant! Some of the states represented were California, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, New York, Michigan, Massachusetts and Pennslyvania. The day started with a rally speech from Ann Marie King, co-founder of the HER Foundation, (read Ann Marie’s speech).  King then proudly introduced an HG survivor and her husband, Maribel and Chris LaLanne from San Francisco, who own a very successful fitness gym in the Bay area, LaLanne Fitness Crossfit. The couple got the crowd stretching and moving before the race began. “We are so greatful to Maribel and Chris for being here today, they are dedicated to the cause of helping raise awareness for HG and we are so proud to have them as part of our HG awareness volunteer team,” said King. Once the race began everyone was ready, many HG moms showing how they are back to being stronger than ever for the 5K walk/run.

Once the run ended Caitlin Dean,  a trustee for the UK charity and sister charity of HER, Pregnancy Sickness Support, (PSS) was introduced and gave a speech about the international collaboration that would be happening between HER, PSS and Beyond Morning Sickness to truly raise the level of awarenes for HG women worldwide. (read Caitlin’s speech) Awards were given to those runners with the top times in their age groups and then HG women and their children gathered for a great the annual HG sisters picture at the National Harbor. We hope to see everyone again next year!!!

HER Volunteer raises $11,000 at golf tournament, with special guest speaker, ABC’s local reporter and HG survivor, Doreen Scanlon

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On June 23, 2013, 144 golfers came out for the 19th annual Brayton Point Station Charity Golf Tournament. Brayton Point Station is the largest fossil fuel power plant in New England. Station employees, family, friends and vendors came out to support this years charity, the HER Foundation. Typically a charity is selected because an employee is with the charity or has been impacted by it. The HER Foundation had a special meaning for me this year as my wife Pia is a three time survivor of Hyperemesi Gravidarum (HG). The tournament committee (Wes Bushika, Mark Huck and Bill Spicer) would like to thank this year’s guest speaker Doreen Scanlon, HG survivor and news anchor with ABC Channel 6 in Providence RI. The committee is excited to present the HER Foundation with an 11 thousand dollar donation!

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AN AMAZING WEEK FOR HG AWARENESS!

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The HER Foundation has been overwhelmed with the response we have received for the 2nd Annual HG Awareness Day (May 15th) evidenced by 400% more visitors to the HER website the past week, as well as the most widespread reach ever on Facebook and Twitter.

We received great support from some of our partners and supporters. We’re grateful to HG moms across the globe who shared powerful personal stories in social media today, and to all who took action to educate and advocate.

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HER Foundation’s favorite article on HG after Duchess Kate Middleton was diagnosed

From the Reporting on Health Member Blog, December 10, 2012

Dear Media: Kate Middleton Does Not Have “Morning Sickness”

The world’s most famous pregnancy brought overnight visibility to a little-known but serious prenatal complication, when Britain’s royal family announced the Duchess of Cambridge’s hospitalization for treatment of hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) – a debilitating and even life-threatening condition marked by severe, unrelenting vomiting and/or nausea that can lead to rapid weight loss, malnutrition and dehydration, with potentially dangerous health consequences for both newborn and mother.

Read the full article here.