Mast, Clara

Clara MastOn February 11, 1989, Clara Mast died of complications from eclampsia and ruptured liver at Maury Regional Hospital, Columbia, Tennessee. The mother of ten, Mrs. Mast was a member of an Old Order Amish community located near Ethridge, Tennessee. She had had no prenatal care during any of her pregnancies. She called a midwife to examine her on January 22 at 37 weeks of gestation, when she began to experience excruciating abdominal pain. The midwife found her blood pressure to be extremely high and transported her to the hospital emergency room, where her healthy daughter was delivered.

Mrs. Mast clung to life for more than two weeks before succumbing to an infection of the pancreas and the removal of 3/4 of her liver.

This quilt block was created by Pamela Hunt and Ina May Gaskin.

Marga, Chandra

Chandra MargaChandra Marga, 28, died on May 30, 2005, of birth complications.

This quilt block was created by Xrisanthe Christopoulos.

Mossman, Carlene

Carlene MossmanCarlene Eiko Mossman, 40, died on March 27, 2007, in Salt Lake City, Utah, around the time she gave birth. Cause of death was said to be amniotic fluid embolism. Her daughter, Carly, survives, along with six siblings.

This quilt block was created by Susan Greene, CNM.

Lewis, Bernadette

Bernadette LewisBernadette C. Lewis, 31, died of a hemorrhage on September 24, 2009, in Temperance, Michigan, moments after giving birth to her first child, a son, Brandon Jeremiah Therron Lewis II. She and her husband, Brandon, had been married for three years.

Natal, Athena

Athena NatalAthena Natal, 28, died in the Bronx, New York, of infection and postpartum hemorrhage on April 23, 2012. It was alleged that her complication stemmed from an incomplete manual removal of her placenta after giving birth on April 11.

Her daughter, Ryo Natal, survives. Ms. Natal was a graphic artist. Her husband, Dario told a reporter, “Now I look at my daughter every day and realize that she’ll never know her mother, who was so caring and loving.’
This quilt block was created by Xrisanthe Christopoulos.

Marla, Anne

Anne MarlaAnne Marla was just 18 when she died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania of abortion complications.

Miskey, Amy Fielding

Amy Fielding MiskeyAmy Fielding Miskey, 29, pregnant with twins, suffered from HELLP syndrome and died on January 1, 2008 in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania. Her twin daughters, born 6 weeks prematurely, survived.

This quilt block was created by Sherry Miskey, Amy Fielding Miskey’s mother.

Lanzet, Allison

Allison LanzetAllison Lanzet’s labor with her first baby was induced with Cytotec. Her baby was born in good condition. Lanzet was discharged from the hospital. Six hours later, she had an episode of respiratory distress stemming from septic shock. She died en route to the hospital. Autopsy showed that fragments of placental membrane were left in her uterus, causing the infection that precipitated the septic shock.

Allison Lanzet is survived by her husband and daughter. She was born August 7, 1962 and gave birth on September 21, 1999. She died on September 24, 1999 in Coral Springs, Florida, at the age of 37.

This quilt block was created by Jaylon Von Mertens.