by Dr. Nicole Calloway Rankins
Episode #35: Tomeka's birth story and her experience with preeclampsia
Disclaimer: Before you click the play button, I just want to give you a disclaimer that today’s episode is a birth story involving stillbirth. If you’re not comfortable with this topic, then you may want to skip this episode.
Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, and it occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Most women who have preeclampsia do not have a stillbirth, however, when left untreated, it can be both dangerous for you and your baby.
Today’s episode is a birth story about a brave woman named Tomeka Isaac who was diagnosed with preeclampsia and experienced the devastating pain of stillbirth with her son Jace. In this conversation, she’s going to share her story as a means of finding purpose through her deep pain.
Following her painful experience, Tomeka and her husband Brandon started a non-profit called Jace’s Journey to bring awareness to black maternal health and eliminate disparities regarding it through education, advocacy, communication, and community engagement.
Stillbirth is one of the most difficult challenges any soon to be moms can ever face but Tomeka was brave and strong enough to come and discuss what is obviously a painful and difficult topic.
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Preeclampsia, stillbirth, stillborn, pregnancy, self-care, preeclampsia diagnosis, pregnancy risk, Jace’s journey