As May and therefore MICA Month, come to an end, I wanted to thank the entire MICA and Unhindered Steps teams for their work. I would also like to thank the entire nerve damage from childbirth family, who shared MICA month updates, stories, and information.
When I created this website, I had the goal to not have any new mom flounder out in the world thinking they were alone in this injury, with no one to turn to and no support. I did for over 6 lonely weeks, until through a chain of “small world events” got connected with the Facebook support group (a HUGE shout out to Paula, the creator of the group. So many of us would have been so lost without you!). That group is private, as it should be, but that also makes it harder to find. I hoped that a public website would be more easily found and could then direct to the invaluable support group. I didn’t want to stop there and I wanted to share some of the information I spent hours finding. So I put my thesis thinking cap on and spent hours more researching medical journals, libraries and more to provide medically supported, well researched information to help with recovery, prevention and all the whys that come up with this injury. Not being a medical professional I wanted to cite everything, as you can see at the bottom of most pages.
The website now reaches thousands a month and I get emails from all over the world. This makes my heart soar and makes the volunteer work so worthwhile. I have even gotten emails from medical professionals saying they were passing this on to colleagues and taking it all to heart. Prevention! Oh what an amazing goal to have. But with no real connections to the medical world, I didn’t know how to do more and just focused on finding ladies already injured.
Three years later, I had not dreamed there would be two amazing teams working together, as well as pushing me to do better, to bring awareness to this childbirth injury. To those at MICA and Unhindered Steps, thank you.
I will leave you with some final words and amazing news right from the head of MICA, Martha:
Thank you to the entire MICA community for this incredible month of advocacy and education. A huge thank you to the MICA & Unhindered Steps teams for your countless hours of effort this month. We have had over 10,000 views of our posts and when a google search for nerve injury from childbirth our website http://www.nervedamagefromchildbirth.com is done it is the first resource to appear- this was a major advocacy goal this month.
We have very exciting news to share to conclude our #micamonth 2020. Jennifer Webb RN and her colleague Barbara True RN have developed a protocol for prevention of LEND ( Lower Extremity Nerve Damage) from labor and delivery that is now being endorsed by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses ( AWHONN.) This will be information in the near future that every obstetrician and nurse will be aware of and trained in. Jennifer spent this week presenting prevention of LEND virtually at a national medical conference. Jennifer and her colleagues are also preparing a research study on maternal nerve damage.
I can’t think of a better way to end this month than with this news! “Let us run with endurance the race that is marked out for us.” Hebrews 12: 1-3Martha Valentine Tutrani