ICP Care Ambassador
My name is Courtnay Kenney and I am the California Ambassador for ICP Care. I had a very severe case of Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy with my second pregnancy with my daughter. She was born at 35 weeks safely thanks to my medical team and to the education I received from ICP Care. I was told it was far too early for ICP when I began itching in my first trimester, but thanks to an article I read post-partum with my son, I remembered that itching during pregnancy could be dangerous. I found the ICP Care website and I requested a Bile Acid test at 12 weeks, which came back elevated. My bile acids fluctuated upwards to 100 bile acids, which contributed to our decision to deliver at 35 weeks. I had a very unique case of ICP, having ICP so early in my pregnancy as a second time mother and having such a severe case, I feel extremely lucky to have had an incredible medical team that listened to me and that my baby girl was born safely. I was fortunate that I already had a relationship with my medical team as my first pregnancy was challenging in other ways. My wish is for all women to be cared for like I was!
I want to help other women through ICP and help babies be given the chance to be born safely. ICP is extremely challenging both mentally and physically, much more research needs to be done to help women both during and after ICP. My goals as an ICP Care Ambassador are to help spread awareness and raise funds to continue to impact the mission to Fight the Itch. Save a Life.
ICP Care was a huge resource and support for me during my pregnancy. I spoke to women about their cases all over the country through the ICP support group. I often read the support groups posts at night when I couldn’t sleep due to the itching caused by ICP, learning about others experience. I often chat with women who are still struggling with cyclical itching in the ICP postnatal support group.