The Unexpected Project

Our Mission

To bring a voice to survivors 
of all pregnancy-related 
death and near-miss in 
the U.S.A. and to build 
a community of 
healing, strength, and hope 

In memory of those we have lost

Get Involved

Share Your Story 

Join our community on Facebook and post your story about your own near-miss in childbirth, or the loss of someone gone too soon due to complications in pregnancy, childbirth or the postpartum period or contact here:

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Organize a Survivors Forum

What is a Survivors Forum? It is a gathering of people like yourself, held in a teaching hospital conference or meeting room space and includes a panel of survivors sharing their stories, experts in the field of pregnancy and postpartum care, and resources for self-care and healing. It can be as small or as large as you want. The goal is for it to be free, open to all, and provide the kind of support so that people walk away feeling hope. 

If you are interested in organizing a Survivors Forum in your community. Contact us for more information!

Hush - our first initiative

Available on Amazon August 2022. 

Hush is a collection of true stories of pregnancy-related death and near-miss in the USA from 1986 until 2022. Compiled by Anne Garrett, and edited by Jenn Carney, it features nearly 50 stories from people like Todd, Tomeka, Alicia, Shelly, and some who cannot use their names because of societal pressures to not discuss these devastating truths. It is not an easy read but it is an important one. We cannot change what we do not acknowledge. 

Support the project!

Make a tax-deductible donation today!

Donations to EndPreeclampsia, specifically earmarked for the Unexpected Project, will be used to underwrite the cost of bringing survivors forums to communities near you. If you wish to donate air miles, make a corporate contribution, or corporate match, please contact them for more information.

“I had such a hard time trying to find a way to talk about it because I could see that other people were uncomfortable. I would sometimes find myself reassuring and lying about the serious nature because it hurt to see people I cared about sad."

- A survivor