“Processing my near miss, it became clear to me that I needed to do something to advocate for those who’ve died or nearly died bringing life into the world.”
As a maternal near-miss survivor, Marianne Drexler shares her personal story of surviving a massive hemorrhage after the birth of her second child in 2014 which resulted in an emergency postpartum hysterectomy. Marianne is passionate about maternal health and is dedicated to sharing the patient and family experience of unexpected outcomes of childbirth, the postpartum period and beyond.
Marianne holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Leadership for Higher Education. She has spent most of her professional career in higher education. After her own health crisis, she felt a strong desire to combine her experience in higher education and newfound respect for medicine by transiting to a career in medical education.
Marianne is passionate about maternal health. She serves on the Patient Advisory Council at Duke Regional Hospital (DRH) and as a Patient Partner with the Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina (PQCNC). This partnership provides her the opportunity to serve on the postpartum hemorrhage expert team for both organizations. Marianne has partnered with DRH to create a video of her childbirth experience and has shared her story with Exposing the Silence Project (featured on the Huffington Post) and ProPublica’s investigation into the maternal health crisis in the United States. Marianne recently participated in a panel discussion about her postpartum experience with Postpartum Support International- NC.
Seeing a need to address the isolation she felt after her near miss, Marianne formed the online Maternal Near Miss support group that connects survivors from around the world. After experiencing the significant blood loss, Marianne is an avid blood donor and has co-coordinated several blood drives with the American Red Cross. You may also follow Marianne on Twitter.