Caitlin Dean is a Registered General Nurse specialising in hyperemesis gravidarum and currently undertaking her PhD at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam. In addition to her research she is the chairperson for the UK charity Pregnancy Sickness Support and is considered a national spokeswoman for the condition. Caitlin writes prolifically for the lay and medical press and on her popular blog about the condition, Spewing Mummy, and in 2015 she published her book Hyperemesis Gravidarum - The Definitive Guide, followed by a children's book How to be an HG Hero.
Kimber MacGibbon (KMG)
Hyperemesis Education and Research (HER) Foundation (United States (US) and international charity)
I had my first (and only) baby at 37 yrs old and was violently ill from 6weeks until a couple of hours after my beautiful son was delivered. I struggled the whole time. I lost weight, friends and my mind. I don't want other women to have to suffer HG alone or without support and help like I did.
Norah Gauw Thuis
Norah co-founded the Dutch foundation for Hyperemesis Gravidarum and she is currently the chairman. The goal of the foundation is to inform pregnant women with severe nausea about HG and offer a support system her and her family within the Netherlands. Additionally, the foundation strives to support research on causes, treatment and prevention of HG.
Norah represented the foundation within the steering committee for developing a Definition and Core Outcome set for Hyperemesis Gravidarum (DCOHG), research conducted by Dr. I.J. Grooten.
Norah experienced HG during her pregnancy and strongly feels there is still a lot of be achieved in improving informing patients and treatment.
Norah has a career in business/senior management.
Emma is in the third generation of a family of hyperemesis gravidarum sufferers, and has had a daughter herself after an HG pregnancy. She is highly motivated to see more rapid progress in the research landscape for the disorder incase her daughter has to face it one day, as Emma’s own recent experience was largely reflective of the poor ‘treatment options’ faced by her grandmother back in post-war England. She is active in peer-supporting current sufferers of the disorder from a wide variety of backgrounds for the charity Pregnancy Sickness Support, and engages in patient experience work around London, England. Emma’s professional background is in special education.
After suffering with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, Margaret set up the website www.pregnancysicknesssos.co.uk in 2010 to disseminate the information that she had gathered while researching HG in preparation for pregnancy. She has since conducted and published surveys of women's experiences of HG in the UK. She has volunteered for PSS since 2011 and is a co-author on the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists clinical practice guidelines for Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy and HG. She is currently the Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement in Research Lead for University Hospital Birmingham.