Donna Benavides

Founder / Board Chair

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I look forward to helping with information and support to all those affected by ICP. I am a Mother who experienced Cholestasis of Pregnancy and blessed with two healthy children Branden & Evan. My time is dedicated to my family, work and passion to raise awareness. I founded ICP Care in an effort to continue to improve awareness among people and the medical community. The journey through ICP began with my first pregnancy in 2003 with my son Jorden. My pregnancy was wonderful until my 33 week when I began with itchy symptoms. Please read My Life-Changing Experience with Cholestasis of Pregnancy story on What to Expect.

Through the Itchy Moms Support group, I received comfort, and reassurance from those that experienced ICP and others that lost their babies to the condition. After living through the sorrow of my loss, my prayers were answered with my second pregnancy in 2004, with my son Branden. My new healthcare providers specialized in high risk pregnancies. The Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists were excellent with the best medical management, treatment and care. I will always remember the joy of having my sweet son home with our family as it is one of the best memories I hold dear in my heart. Subsequently, my blessings continued in 2006 with my surprise baby, Evan, I was diagnosed with Cholestasis of Pregnancy at 33 weeks, although I thought perhaps, the condition may skip my third pregnancy. I am blessed and truly cherish the special moments of time lived with my loves, each of my three sons. They have brought peace and joy to my life.

With all the life changing events that unfolded, I had a true yearning to help and reach others whose lives are affected with ICP. I corresponded regularly with Melanie Weltin from the Itchy Moms website and she chose to transfer that domain name to me in 2008, after years of communicating with her and knowing my passion to continue to make a difference for all those affected. The journeys in my life lead the way to support those who are searching for answers. In April 2012, I founded the nonprofit ICP Care.

ICP Care has a Medical Advisory Committee of Healthcare specialist. The information on this website was gathered from medical articles & references you can review on the Medical articles & reference page of the website. In addition to other women with Cholestasis of Pregnancy personal experiences and books. The ICP Care website is a guide for you to utilize to help you and your healthcare provider understand and learn more about the high risk pregnancy condition Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy.

There is a definite need to assist in the awareness of ICP as well as aiding others to seek the proper medical treatment that is vital for those health care specialists caring for women with Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy. My goals continue by networking with those affected by the condition, researchers and medical healthcare specialists throughout the world. With your help together we can all make a real difference to Fight the Itch. Save a Life.
Please contact me at donna@icpcare.org (Hablo español tambien escríbame)