Each year, the Promise Walk for Preeclampsia honors a special family. We proudly share Catherine Bauer and Roy Crawford's story by highlighting their experience.
2020 Mission Family
Things moved fast for Catherine Bauer and Roy Crawford. They moved in together shortly after falling in love at college in 2016, and then quickly—and unexpectedly—became pregnant. It was a happy surprise for the young couple, and they were excited for an especially joyful Christmas that year, when the baby was due. Other than constantly vomiting, Catherine’s pregnancy was relatively uneventful. In August they found out they were having a girl and everything seemed to be normal. Then, in the beginning of October, Catherine started to see spots in her vision and her legs became so swollen it hurt to walk. She experienced pain in her right side, which she assumed was the baby kicking. Nothing seemed too out of the ordinary. At her next routine prenatal checkup, however, her midwife became concerned. There was protein in Catherine’s urine, and her blood pressure was high for her (140/88). This, in addition to Catherine’s other symptoms, made the midwife suspect preeclampsia and she got an OBGYN on staff involved. The doctor sent Catherine home to do a 24-hour urine test, which she and Roy dutifully brought back the next day, and it was discovered that she had a tremendous amount of protein in her urine. Her blood pressure was also rising; it was now 152/92. Despite all this, the doctor sent Catherine home again, instead of to the hospital. Soon after, Catherine developed an excruciating migraine that wouldn’t go away. She and Roy went back to the doctor’s office who immediately sent them to the hospital. Things did not slow down at the hospital. Catherine’s blood pressure was now up to 160/110, and was continuing to rise. She was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia. The fetal monitor showed that the baby was hardly moving. To try to save Catherine’s and the baby’s lives, they needed to perform an emergency C-section. Roy was told to contact their families because there was a chance Catherine would not survive. On October 17, 2017, at 30 weeks pregnant, Catherine gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She was 2 pounds, 3 ounces, and 14 inches long. Tragically, she was also born still. Catherine and Roy named their daughter Adaline Mae. Catherine and Roy hope to have a healthy baby in the future and are devoted to honoring Adaline’s memory through activism and sharing her story. Though Adaline is no longer here, the love that came from her existence is immense and unshakable.