THE SMART MOTHER THINKS LIKE A DOCTOR, NOT A PATIENT

Dr. Linda Burke-Galloway is a board-certified OB-GYN on a mission to keep pregnant women and their babies out of harm's way. Her book, "The Smart Mother's Guide to a Better Pregnancy: How to minimize risks, avoid complications and have a healthy baby" and this website have been developed as a resource for expectant mothers and for women who are planning to become pregnant. Keep reading to learn how to catch small problems before they become big ones.


"Dr. Burke-Galloway is able to transpose scientific principles into easy, lay-men's terminology, while providing accurate and pertinent information concisely. Additionally, expectant mothers are given guidance to assist in maneuvering through our present medical maze." - Angela H. Todd, MD

FROM THE SMART MOTHER'S BLOG

Listening to the Mothers Who Speak from the Grave

The ABC News segment, Dying to Deliver was well appreciated by yours truly and  a woman named Anne Garrett, who has been sounding the alarm about this devastating problem for over two decades.

Garrett, is a mom who had not one, but two near-death experiences due to preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome shortly after giving birth to her sons. The experience of nearly dying – twice compelled her to start the Garrett Singh Family Foundation which ultimately was converted from a private family foundation to a public charity known as the Preeclampsia Foundation to help increase awareness of the potentially devastating effects of preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome.
 
Long before the acclaimed article, The Last Person You Would Expect to Die by NPR and Nina Martin came to light (for which I am eternally grateful), an article written by Amnesty International, entitled Deadly Delivery, addressed this same issue.  Garrett and I both read that article back in 2011 although we didn’t know each other at the time.  She ultimately reached out to me based on my prenatal book, The Smart Mother’s Guide to a Better Pregnancy, and my description of the maternal death of one of my sorority sisters, Dawn Fleming from preeclampsia. In addition, she reached out to me because I am an African American OB-GYN physician and she knew that women who look like me die from preeclampsia at a disproportionate rate in compared to others.  Her honesty and transparency are commendable.

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