ICP Care Team Member
I am a proud mother of three young kids: Samuel (born in 2015), Vivian (born in 2017 after my first ICP pregnancy), and Tessa (my pandemic baby born in 2020 after my second ICP pregnancy).
ICP runs strongly in my family. My mother had it (undiagnosed) for three pregnancies in the 80s; my older sister had it for her two pregnancies; and my little sister had it for one of her pregnancies. We’ve all supported each other, armed ourselves with ICP education, and advocated for our babies. My sisters and I are very fortunate that we had prior knowledge of ICP, access to resources, and well-educated healthcare providers. Still, I will never forget how scary and emotional it is to learn that your body is not the safe place that you once imagined it to be for your growing baby.
Having endured this terrible condition, and watched my sisters do the same, I am passionate about spreading awareness and education, supporting pregnant women (from discussing timely induction to exchanging tips for scratching that insufferable itch), and encouraging ICP families to advocate for their babies in utero. I am confident that the dedicated work of the ICP Care organization will continue to pave the way so that if and when my own daughters and nieces develop ICP during pregnancy someday, they will feel empowered and uplifted, and will receive the best possible medical treatment and deliver healthy babies.