Brianna D. Henderson
Hello to all, I am Brianna Harris-Henderson, founder of LetsTalkPPCM. I'm a Certified patient-family partner, birth doula, patient advocate, life coach, grant writer, and published author. Within the past years, I have collaborated with NBC 5 News, Baylor Scott & White, The Press Association in London, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Texas Department of Health & Human Services, Popular Science, Preeclampsia Foundation, Merck For Mothers, and many other affiliated organizations to educate on PPCM.
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My PPCM Story
I was brought into this line of work after experiencing postpartum hemorrhage and being diagnosed with Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM), an often unrecognized and misdiagnosed type of heart failure which occurs during pregnancy or up to 12 months postpartum. The condition weakens the heart muscle and causes the heart to become enlarged. As a result, the heart can't pump blood properly to the rest of the body.
In 2014, three years before my diagnosis, my older sister (Crystal) went into a sudden cardiac arrest six months after giving birth to her 2nd child. Due to doctors not being aware of this disease, Crystal passed away while waiting on a new heart, with no actual diagnosis. (It was preventable.)
Today I am considered fully recovered from Peripartum Cardiomyopathy, and now work alongside many health care and birth workers nationwide, informing them on PPCM and how to detect a sooner diagnosis for pregnant women with cardiovascular disease.
LetsTalkPPCM offers FREE mobile and in-clinic postpartum visits with a family nurse practitioner for women who may develop risk factors for PPCM in the DFW metroplex.
LetsTalkPPCM offers low-cost doula support to provide physical, mental, and emotional support to moms and their partners during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period.
BNP Blood Test
LetsTalkPPCM offers FREE (BNP) blood testing. The test is recommended for moms who've experienced: High blood pressure, Preeclampsia, Multiple births, Heart murmur, Hyperemesis gravidarum, Fertility treatments, Covid-19, and Family history of heart disease.
Bridging The Gap
We recommend all birth workers and cardiologists take a PPCM Workshop. This will help you become more educated about certain facts and risks of the condition, more than what the media can explain. We understand that learning from an actual PPCM survivor can help bridge the gap in this area.
This workshop has helped over 3500 medical professionals so far, and the number continues to grow. Organizations like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (AJOG), CDC Foundation, Popular Science, Dallas Birth, Fort Worth Birthing & Wellness Center have taken this same workshop and are now raising PPCM awareness.