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Running the Brighton Marathon for VASA PRAEVIA raising awareness because I couldn’t imagine life without Hope 💕

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  • Event: Brighton Marathon 2018, 15 Apr 2018

VASA PRAEVIA raising awareness

OUR AIMS & OBJECTIVES To raise awareness about vasa praevia. To bring about the introduction of clinical protocols in the UK for the routine diagnosis and treatment of vasa praevia. To support and assist those who have experienced or those who are experiencing vasa praevia.

Charity Registration No. 1109893

Story

Ok so I have always “enjoyed” exercise and before I had the girls I used to run a bit, I entered a 10k once- then had the girls and that was it! 4years later I decided (admittedly after a glass of wine) that I would do a marathon 😳 Brighton Marathon!

Whilst everyone can relate to so many worthy charities I  feel I could really help make a difference by supporting Vasa Pravevia awareness. 

Many of you will already know that when we fell pregnant with Hope it was a little miracle, we almost gave up on a second child; the pregnancy was hard going and I was put on bed rest at 20 weeks, although VP was not diagnosed at this point, Infact it wasn’t until 32 weeks that it was thankfully diagnosed and it was on that day that I was admitted to the maternity ward and was told I would not be leaving until we had our baby. 

Vasa Praevia was not a term I had ever heard of before and to be totally honest nor had most nurses I came across, unlike placenta previa. I guess in simple terms the umbilical blood vessels crossed the enterance to the birth canal, as the baby drops the vessels become compressed, the babies oxygen supply stops, if undiagnosed the baby is unlikely to survive, a thought I still struggle with 😢 Once I was diagnosed I was not allowed to go home nor and most importantly into labour. The consultants wanted me to make 35/36 weeks before intervening. At 35 weeks the consultants decided it was time as labour was imminent and I had a general anaesthetic, after a few complications  our beautiful little girl arrived 45 minutes later at 5lbs, There was only one name we could give her...... Hope💕

It wasn’t straight forward for Hope and I and I am so grateful that we are both here and able to help others by raising awareness. If you are pregnant or know someone that is that has bleeding, has had multiple miscarriages or low lying placenta ask for a colour Doppler scan, it saved Hope and me xoxo

For more information in this charity please visit www.vasapraevia.org 

The Williams Family xoxo 

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