The CDC is pleased to announce that Allyson Felix, an elite track and field athlete and U.S. Olympian, has joined the Listen to Him campaign to share her story and raise awareness about urgent warning signs that may indicate life -threatening complications during and in the year after pregnancy.
Ms.Felix was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia when she was 32 weeks pregnant. During a routine prenatal visit, the test results alerted her doctor and she was immediately taken to the hospital. She had an emergency c-section to deliver her daughter, who spent the first month of life in the neonatal intensive care unit. Her doctor’s diagnosis and quick action could have saved Allyson’s life.
Due to her level of health and training, Ms.Felix felt that she was ready for the birth of her daughter and she never thought that she would have a serious problem while pregnant. While she experienced some symptoms, such as inflammation, she thought it was a normal part of the pregnancy.
“Looking ahead, I want to be more informed about potential warning signs and talk to the doctor about the symptoms,” Ms. Felix. “I really want women to be informed, to know if they are at risk, to have a plan in place, to not be afraid of doctor’s offices, and to feel empowered to say when there are problems,
While Ms. Felix happily survived his experience, not every woman has experienced. About 700 women die in the United States each year from pregnancy -related complications. Black women are three times more likely to die from complications than white women. Through her involvement, Ms. Felix to improve awareness of the increased burden of adverse pregnancy consequences among Black women in hopes of bringing about change.
“We are thrilled that Allyson Felix has joined us to encourage women to speak up and ask those who support them to listen and act quickly if they have concerns,” said Wanda Barfield, MD, director, CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health. “Allyson’s love and dedication to improving maternal health, especially Black women, has made her a strong partner for this effort.”
Si Ms. Kang Felix video story and a 30 seconds public service notice available for broadcast distribution. Graphics for social media also applicable. Si Ms. Felix was one of many women featured in the campaign who shared their story about the serious complications associated with pregnancy. With his involvement, the CDC hopes to increase the reach and impact of key campaign messages.
This campaign is supported through a partnership with the CDC Foundation and funding from Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, through the Merck for Mothers program.