Dawn's wish had come true:
Her babies had survived severe prematurity.
Dawn McKeag couldn't believe what the doctors were telling her. They needed to deliver her twins.

She was only 27 weeks pregnant.

Dawn had no history of high blood pressure. No signs of anything but a "normal" twin pregnancy. She went from having a regular checkup, where she was having some swelling in her legs and dark urine, to being admitted to the hospital and being put on magnesium sulfate, medication to prevent convulsions.

It was a race against time, balancing the lives of her, her twins and how long they could stay in her womb... without losing all three. 

Brenna and Finley McKeag were born extremely premature at 27 weeks.  

"When I wish... I wish my children could have a healtyhy life."  ~ Dawn McKeag
Brenna & Finley's struggle did not end there. They spent 3 months in the neonatal intensive care unit, struggling to develop their tiny lungs.

Finley suffered a stroke within 4 weeks of birth and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. In their two short years, Brenna & Finley have gone through quarantines, chronic lung disease and remaining on an oxygen tank.

Luckily for Dawn, her care providers caught her high blood pressure early and took the right action immediately.

For Dawn, after giving her steroids to speed the babies' lung development, delivery was the only option. She counts herself lucky to get to hold her children in her arms.

Imagine a world where Dawn's care providers had poor knowledge of the condition, missed some of the warning signs, or failed to deliver the babies at the proper time.
Without educated health care providers, Dawn and her children may not be with their family today.

In 2013, the Preeclampsia Foundation proudly joined the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in unveiling "Hypertension in Pregnancy," the College's physician guidelines for the diagnosis, care and management of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.

Now, with your help, we can make sure that those guidelines and related training make it into the hands and minds of health care providers in communities across the nation. Together, we can help create a world where preeclampsia and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy no longer threaten the lives of mothers and babies.

Please join us today with a gift to support our mission so when a mom like Dawn makes a wish... it can be one of joy, inspiration and wonder for her children. 

Thank you.

Eleni Tsigas
Executive Director
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About The Preeclampsia Foundation 
The Preeclampsia Foundation (www.preeclampsia.org) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to reduce maternal and infant illness and death due to preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome, and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy by providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, catalyzing research and improving healthcare practices. We envision a world where preeclampsia no longer threatens the lives of mothers and babies. Our non-profit tax identification number is 91-2073087.