What is the HER Foundation?
The HER Foundation (Hyperemesis Education and Research) is the world's largest grassroots network of hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) survivors and is the leading site for HG information on the Internet. HER is dedicated to helping those suffering hyperemesis and those who have survived it. Only those who experience HG can truly understand how difficult it is. The Foundation is here to be a voice of support and education to all who are faced with managing HG. Our mission is to find a cure for hyperemesis and its complications through advanced research, provide education and support to those seeking effective management strategies for hyperemesis, and provide information on new resources and treatment options as they become available.
What is HG?
Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is a debilitating and potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease with potential adverse consequences for the mom-to-be and the newborn(s). Numerous physical and mental issues arise as the pregnancy and illness progresses. Approximately 5 out of 1,000 women develop HG.
What causes HG?
The exact cause of HG is still unknown and many theories exist. It is, however, a real disease. Too little research has been done, and that which is done is often inconclusive or only identifies commonality among half of research participants. What is known is that hormonal changes, dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, and the overall stress on the body’s chemistry and functioning contribute to high risk pregnancies.
The HER Foundation receives e-mails from women around the world being treated with varying medical interventions, some being refused any medications early in pregnancy, while others are being given high doses of risky medications. The care varies greatly and often results in adverse outcomes for many women including repeated terminations, miscarriages, psychological trauma, or gastrointestinal injury.
Why did Premier Home & Gifts select this organization to give back to?
The owner of Premier Home & Gifts suffered greatly with HG during both of her pregnancies. She now volunteers with the HER Foundation in helping women locally and around the world.
What is the giving opportunity?
Premier Home & Gifts will donate a portion of all candle sales to the HER Foundation. GIVE A CANDLE. GIVE HOPE. GIVE LIFE.
To read more about HG, visit http://www.helpher.org/about-her-foundation/