Florida birthing center pleas for breast milk donations after baby’s mother dies


AURORA, CO – DECEMBER 01: An immigrant from Mexico touches his son’s hand during a newborn care class at a community health center for low-income patients on December 1, 2009 in Aurora, Colorado. The Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN), which has 11 health centers in the Denver area, has seen a 138 percent increase in […]

After the sudden death of a baby’s mother, a birthing center in Florida took to Facebook to plea for breastmilk donations. 

The Tree of Life Birth and Gynecology facility said the baby’s mother arrived to them two weeks ago from Venezuela after fleeing unrest. She had not been seen by a doctor for six weeks and had a seizure as she was traveling to Deltona from Miami. 

“While they were driving on 95 she had a seizure, they brought her to the nearest hospital in Vero Beach, at that point they deemed that she had severe brain damage,” Tree of Life Founder Kaleen Richards told WKMG. 

The mother had to undergo an emergency cesarean section to save the baby, who was 37 weeks old. She died the next day, leaving behind a husband and two other children, according to the facility. 

“She had a condition pre-clampsia, that turned eclamptic when you have a seizure from high blood pressure and died within 24 hours after giving birth.”

Those interested in helping the family by donating breastmilk must bring a copy of lab work showing negative test results for Hepatitis B and C and HIV. 

The facility is now accepting breast milk donations at its Orlando and DeLand locations during normal business hours.

For more information, visit www.tolbirth.com. 

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