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Anne Addison
In 1996, following a near-death experience during pregnancy, Anne became an advocate for maternal health. In 1999, she founded the Preeclampsia Foundation. Preeclampsia is a leading cause of maternal death globally. She has co-founded four nonprofits, including serving as the founding Executive Director of the Microsoft Alumni Foundation.

Along with co-writer, and fellow near-miss survivor Jennifer Binkley Carney, Anne is filming a documentary, UNEXPECTED, about the state of maternal health in the US. UNEXPECTED is funded, in part, by Lucina Maternity and is part of their joint Save a Mother's Life campaign.

Join Anne and other survivors of pregnancy-related near-death and the loved ones of women not so lucky at the first Survivors Forum April 30, 2014 in San Jose, CA.

Entries by Anne Addison

Meet the SeizureGirls

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 10:56 AM

When I invited a friend to the Unexpected Project's first Survivors Forum for survivors of pregnancy-related near-miss and death, she was dubious.

"I'm not sure if I qualify..." she said, "I mean, I didn't really die..."

This is the same friend who after suffering eclamptic seizures...

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My Mother's Gift

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 4:47 PM

My mother left me a lot of things -- children's books, family photos, reams of music, her heavily annotated copy of The Messiah, art, 19 years' worth of teaching supplies, linens, more linens, my great-aunt's Spode china, a love of Brubeck, a sense of rhythm and most importantly, the ability...

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I Blame People (The Magazine)

(5) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 3:37 PM

First, yes, it's true -- I read People magazine. OK, I read it weekly. Thanks to People, I keep up on social trends like what dress looks best at the SAG awards. I'm taking notes. Seriously.

Much to my husband's chagrin, I can't get through the check-out aisle without...

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An Open Letter to Kim Kardashian

(2) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 9:00 PM

Dear Kim,

Congratulations on your new baby! Let me be the first to welcome you to our exclusive club: the Hypertension in Pregnancy Club, or as I like to call it, the 'HIP' Mamas Club... 'cause you know, there is something 'oh-so-hip' about those fat feet and puffy cheeks...

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How Do You Talk About Maternal Death? Remember the Woman - Share Her Story

(2) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 11:02 AM

We must not see any person as an abstraction. Instead, we must see in every person a universe with its own secrets, with its own treasures, with its own sources of anguish, and with some measure of triumph. - Elie Wiesel, The Nazi Doctors and the Nuremburg Code


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Save a Mother's Life - Talk About Maternal Death And Near-Miss in the USA

(4) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 10:53 AM

When I almost died in childbirth, I was blissfully unaware. I was captivated by the lights and sounds of the ambulance and said to the EMT, "Code Blue...that's serious, isn't it?!" It never crossed my mind that I might die, that two women, women like me, die from pregnancy-related complications...

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