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The Book

Funding for the #Hush book tour and survivors forums comes from the Unexpected Project, a program of EndPreeclampsia, corporate sponsorships, book sales, and donors like you. To learn more about how you can support this book tour, fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.

The goal of the book tour is to visit survivors featured in the book #Hush and host a survivors’ forum at their closest teaching hospital. Below is a sampling of possible sites for the book tour and survivors forums.

A site coordinator and team of volunteers will be needed to host a survivor forum  in each region. If you wish to have a survivors forum in your location, please complete the contact form at the bottom of this page.


If you wish to make a tax deductible donation to support this effort, click on the Donate button to the right!

Iowa City, Iowa
Kansas City, Missouri
Wellsville, Missouri
Muncie, Indiana
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Chicago, Illinois
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

West and Mountain States
Anchorage, Alaska
Seattle, Washington
Gig Harbor, Washington
Portland, Oregon
San Jose, California
Capitola, California
Los Angeles, California
San Diego, California
Bozeman, Montana
Basalt, Colorado
Boulder, Colorado
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Provo, Utah
Las Vegas, Nevada

Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas
Brownsville, Texas
New Orleans, Louisiana

Cincinnati, Ohio
New York, New York
Colonia, New Jersey
Syracuse, New York
Boston, Massachusetts
Greensboro, North Carolina
Bethesda, Maryland
Orlando, Florida
Miami, Florida

The Tour: 2023

ANNE GARRETT, MA, CFRE is the lead author, interviewer, and editor. A writer, artist, and nonprofit fundraiser, Anne Garrett co-founded the Preeclampsia Foundation in 1999 following her third near-miss in childbirth, and went on to help launch several other nonprofits, including the Microsoft Alumni Foundation. She is the co-founder of the Unexpected Project, and a passionate advocate for survivors of pregnancy-related death and near-miss.


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Hush: True Stories of Pregnancy-Related Death & Near-Miss in the U.S.A. (Amazon, October 2022)
Interviews with women who survived harrowing near-miss experiences due to complications of childbirth, postpartum and medical error, and with partners who lost their wives in childbirth. Gut-wrenching, deeply personal, and painful truths about their experiences, the care and support they got (or did not get), and how they turned grief into purpose. This book examines without judgment the patient and their partner’s perspective.

Featured in print in Glamour and Good Housekeeping, in television and online media with L’Oréal-Paris, Voice of America, KSKA, KUOW, WBUR, and the Huffington Post, Anne is a sought-after motivational speaker. Selected as one of the 2007, L’Oréal-Paris Women of Worth, they invited her back in 2008 to serve as a judge. In 2018, Good Housekeeping selected Anne as one of “Ten Women Who Live to Save Lives.” Anne is the proud mother of four sons – Jonathan, Sebastian, Kieran, and Gabriel. She has her bachelor’s in Fine Arts and a master’s in Education and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) for Alaska Public Media.

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#Hush Team 

By submitting your story you are giving and our community group Preeclampsia, Eclampsia & HELLP Syndrome Survivors Global Network permission to feature part or all of your story on our social media, website, blog, newsletter or other channels. Please start your story with your email address (which will not be published) so we may reach out to you if we feature your story.  All stories submitted will be shared with "Hush: True Stories of Pregnancy-Related Death and Near-Miss in the USA” for potential inclusion in future books or films (only with your express written permission after an interview with the author)

You may also upload a photo of you, your baby, or some other image that represents your experience.

Those wishing to have a survivor forum in your location, or seeking to be part of a volunteer team for a survivors forum should complete the form below - story is not required.  

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JENNIFER BINKLEY CARNEY, MA, MPH is a contributing author and senior editor. Jennifer is a writer, editor, and public health professional who lives and works in the greater Los Angeles area. Her near-miss occurred in 2006 with the birth of her second child. She has two master's degrees, one in English and one in Public Health. She has volunteered with several non-profits concerned with infant health, maternal health, and maternal mental health. She is the mother of two healthy children.


TODD HEIDEN is a contributing author. He has over thirty years of experience in marketing, public relations, and communications with Disney and now with his own boutique firm, Bumblebee Communications, LLC. Todd lost his wife Joan in 2010 to postpartum preeclampsia. He has been a passionate advocate for awareness and education ever since. He is the proud father of Camille, Sofie, and Max and lives in Mequon, Wisconsin. Todd has his bachelor’s in communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

JOAN LAMBERT, JD is a contributing author. She is the co-founder of the Preeclampsia Foundation and a supporter of the Unexpected Project. She is the Director of Research and Corporate Counsel for Amava, and has her bachelor in English Language and Literature from UC Berkeley, and her Doctor of Law (JD) from UCLA. Joan served eight years on the Menlo Park City School District School Board. She is a survivor of HELLP Syndrome, and the mother of three children – Taylor, Natalie, and Gabriella.

LINDA BURKE, MD, FACOG is a contributing author and is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist with over 35 years of clinical experience who is passionate about reducing preventable stillbirths and maternal mortality. Dr. Burke is an alumnus of Boston University School of Medicine and Columbia University School of Social Work. She devoted her entire professional career working with medically underserved women and was an HRSA contractor for almost two decades. She served on the ACOG District 12 Perinatal/Morbidity Committee member, and is the author of The Smart Mother’s Guide to a Better Pregnancy, and is the founder of the Black Obstetrician and Gynecologist Digital Directory. Dr. Burke is a Brooklyn, N.Y. transplant who has lived in Florida and is the mother of two sons who continue to make her proud.

Aimee Woolwine is a contributing author, designed the cover for our book, and a survivor. She grew up the daughter of a naval officer father and artist/renaissance woman mother, moving around as navy families do. After graduating from Georgia Tech, she settled in the Atlanta area with her husband, where they built their family before moving to what would become their hometown near Seattle, Washington in 2009. Aimee has spent the past twenty-plus years focused on raising her two children and volunteering in the community, with the balance tipping towards community work since retiring from full-time parenting. She is an avid rower, reader, crafter, and mother of two healthy children. Most days, you can find her on a lake, a trail, or the couch with a cup of coffee.

Special thanks to Our Advisors

JAMES SMITH, PhD is President & CEO of Advanced Prenatal Therapeutics (“APT”), a private company in Laguna Hills CA, that is developing a safe and effective medical device using targeted apheresis (similar to dialysis) to treat preeclampsia and has been granted Breakthrough Device Designation by the FDA. APT is also developing a novel preeclampsia screening laboratory test that can diagnose preeclampsia in all trimesters of pregnancy. Dr. Smith has over twenty years of experience in regulatory affairs and development of novel technologies from concept through commercialization.  Dr. Smith obtained his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of California, Irvine.

MARK SANTILLAN, MD, PhD, FACOG, FAHA is an Associate Professor of Obstetrician and Gynecology at the University of Iowa. Dr. Santillan’s predominant research, clinical, and educational interest has been in the realm of hypertensive diseases and immunology in pregnancy. His lab is particularly interested in the early immunovascular mechanisms of maternal health and the short and long-term health effects to the mother and child. Dr. Santillan is an Associate Professor in the Department of OB/Gyn. He completed his BS in Chemistry, BA in Philosophy, MD, and OB/Gyn residency at Loyola University in Chicago, IL. He completed his MFM fellowship and PhD in Translational Biomedicine at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. He is the Clinical Research Director of the Iowa Maternal Fetal Tissue Bank and Co-director of OB/Gyn Resident Research. He serves as the University of Iowa Institute for Clinical and Translational Science Associate Director for Special Populations focused integrating research opportunities for underrepresented populations.

HARRY BRELSFORD served as a mentor and advisor to Anne throughout the self-publishing process. He is the founder of SMB Nation and He is a long-time SMB (small and medium-sized business) channel partner who has served customers and mentored other partners. (SMB Nation has over 49,000 members who are Managed Services Providers (MSPs) and SMB technology consultants). He holds an MBA in Project Management from the University of Denver (and numerous certifications such as MCSE, MCT, CNE, et al) and is the author of 21 books on technology and business topics. He has published over 400-articles in business and technology magazines. An active entrepreneur, Harry is the force behind the Pocket MBA, Telephonation, Cloud Nation and His latest startup is 420MSP.

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