Welcome to the second Maternal Nerve Injury from Childbirth Awareness Month, MICA 2019. The MICA team never imagined, in our wildest dreams, the incredible impact our advocacy would have in only one year. Nerve Damage From Childbirth doubled in website traffic the first month we launched our awareness month. The MICA Facebook page received over 5,000 views in May 2018 and currently has close to 300 Likes. Unhindered Steps has been a tireless advocacy partner and has facilitated spreading the MICA message to thousands of women from all over the world. Those injured now have the opportunity to receive our resources providing them with a protocol for care in a simple google search.
The Facebook support group, Moms with Femoral/Peroneal/Sciatic Nerve Damage from Labor and Delivery, has grown by approximately 40 new members a month since May of 2018, and currently has over 1200 members representing 38 countries.The MICA Team has spent the last 12 months responding to thousands of posts from moms with nerve injuries by answering questions, encouraging, laughing on the good days, and crying on the tough ones. It has been a pleasure to help so many MICA moms on a daily basis by directing valuable resources to them that are critical to their care and recovery.
If you haven’t done so already, be sure to Like the MICA Facebook page as well as the Unhindered Steps Facebook page as each week we will be posting educational information regarding nerve injury as well as an advocacy action tip. MICA is also on Instagram and Twitter @micamonth with #nerveinjuryfromchildbirth.
Many thanks to the MICA Team who works tirelessly daily to help bring awareness and advocacy to maternal nerve injury from childbirth, as well as the 1200 moms in the Facebook support group who hold each other up daily in the kindest and most caring way- you are all an inspiration!
1Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as you are doing
About the Author: Martha Valentine Tutrani
Martha’s daughter Molly suffered peroneal nerve damage after labor and delivery in 2016. The tremendous challenges the family faced while pursuing diagnosis and treatment for Molly inspired her family to start the first MICA Month in 2018. Martha holds an M.Ed in Dance Education and feels that her background as a classical ballet and Pilates instructor, as well as leadership roles in arts administration, equipped her perfectly for her new role as MICA advocate.