Two Ontario women want to put a new aspect of Lyme disease into the public eye. They say there’s a clear possibility it can be transmitted from mother to unborn child and their goal is to have more women tested for Lyme disease during pregnancy. Sue Faber and Jennifer Kravis both contracted Lyme disease and believe they passed it to their children in the womb.
Sue and Jennifer, known by many as the ‘Lyme moms’, co-founded LymeHope in 2017, a Canadian not-for-profit dedicated to education and outreach on the subject of Lyme and related diseases in Canada. LymeHope has three primary goals: to provide education and outreach to patients, the general public, medical professionals, and to leaders across industries, to advance knowledge and support research into Lyme and related diseases, and to provide encouragement, hope and support to Canadian families struggling with the devastating effects of these disease and the challenges accessing care at home.
Officials with Health Canada recently published a scientific review that says mother to baby transmission is “biologically plausible”, but that there is little scientific proof that this transmission poses a risk to the child. But Sue and Jennifer are undaunted and are launching their own study of mother-to-child Lyme transmission, and they have scientists on board.
For more information, visit the LymeHope website and watch the video clip above.