MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Minnesota state Senate candidate captured national attention when she went into labor at a nominating convention last month.
Erin Maye Quade was immediately forced to withdraw her candidacy. But on Monday, she announced her campaign to run in the Aug. 9 primaries.
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WCCO’s Esme Murphy spoke Monday with Quade, who also wants to raise awareness about the life-threatening pregnancy disorder she suffered.
“A lot of women are probably wondering right now, ‘How the hell did she do it? “Said Murphy.
“I said if I didn’t actively push a baby, I was going to be [at the convention]“said Maye Quade.
Alyce Maye Quade said she may have looked calm when his wife started wincing in pain while giving a speech at the convention, but that was not the case.
“Inside, I was like, ‘Am I running? Am I trying to catch it? Is she going to have a contraction right now? Said Alyce Maye Quade. “So I was definitely freaking out.”
But suddenly, Erin withdrew her nomination and rushed to the hospital.
“Why didn’t anyone at the convention say, ‘This woman is in labor, we need to stop this? ‘” Murphy said.
“You know, that’s a good question,” said Maye Quade.
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Six hours later, baby Hattie was born.
“Just the love of our life,” she said.
Four days later, Maye Quade’s life could have ended.
“A $25 blood pressure cuff from Amazon saved my life,” she said.
His blood pressure had skyrocketed. She was hospitalized with postpartum preeclampsia – a life-threatening hypertensive disorder affecting 5% to 8% of all pregnancies. Women of color are three times more at risk.
“My blood pressure was stellar throughout the pregnancy,” she said.
The only symptom was a slight swelling in his hands. Maye Quade says that during her campaign she will push for better monitoring of women before and after pregnancy, as well as the distribution of blood pressure cuffs.
“If it can save my life, I hope it can also save the life of one more person,” said Maye Quade.
The DFL party is now considering changing the rules to easily postpone an approval in the event of a medical emergency.
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Maye Quade will face DFL candidate Justin Emmerich in the August primary. Emmerich says he looks forward to winning voter support in the coming weeks.