PLEASE SPONSOR
Moriah Smith
AMOUNT RAISED
$100.00
MY GOAL $5,000.00

My Message

My name is Moriah Smith. I am 35 years old, and I am a single mother to three (one older daughters and twins). I am also a social worker, an advocate, an educator, a friend, a sister, and most importantly—a survivor.  Thank you for letting me share my story with you.

With both of my pregnancies I had a rare and usually fatal syndrome called HELLP Syndrome (hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelet count). Like many things, people don’t know about HELLP Syndrome until someone they know is personally impacted. What is HELLP? Many things about HELLP are still unknown, it may be a variant of preeclampsia, or it may be an entity entirely on its own. What is known is that it is life-threatening, rare, and often undiagnosed until a woman is in labor or has delivered. This is why research is so important. 

I could have died when bringing my three beautiful children into the world because of HELLP Syndrome. I remember when I had my oldest, Aaliyah.  I was in labor for five days. I went to the hospital two times before finally they admitted me. The next two days were gruesome.

None of the medical staff knew that I had HELLP until the end of my labor. Due to this, the nurse at my bedside kept trying to insert an IV in me until I begged her to stop; she then stuck my veins in my feet. My blood platelets dropped to 20,000 (an average range is between 150-450,000) which meant I had no blood clotting, and this was after the delivery. It was scary to learn that if I had elected, or needed, a C-Section, I would have died due to blood less and no blood clotting.

I was scared.  If you can for a second imagine what this might have been like for a first-time mother, then I ask you to consider how important it is that we work together to prevent anyone else from experiencing this.

I was in the hospital for five days post-delivery with my first child. When I found out I was pregnant with the twins, I called my doctor and asked her if I would live through the pregnancy. My mortality was the first thing that came to my mind. I did not want to leave my eldest motherless. My doctor assured me that we would put me with the high-risk pregnancy group. Even then, it was not until active delivery when my blood platelets dropped…again, that they knew I had HELLP. I chose to have my children vaginally, but think if I had not, and I had got a C-section, the probability of me being alive is very low.

Imagine what it would be like if more people were educated on the issues surrounding our country’s high infant-mortality rate. Our country is the most dangerous place for a woman to give birth right now. This must change! Please help me by making a donation to the March of Dimes and helping fight for Healthy Moms and Strong Babies. 

My Team

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My Supporters

Dave Chavez donated $50.00
Oct 16, 2018 8:40 AM
Aisha Smith donated $25.00
Oct 15, 2018 11:12 AM
Maria Udero donated $25.00
Oct 5, 2018 7:54 PM
For additional information please contact: Aisha Smith - Tel: 505-933-6424| Email: ADSmith@marchofdimes.org