Jenny has had ICP in all her pregnancies. She was diagnosed in 1991 and since then has campaigned tirelessly to raise the profile of this complex and little known condition. She is the Founder and Chair of ICP Support and also works as part of Professor Catherine Williamson’s research group in London, recruiting women to research.
As a qualified counsellor Jenny has worked with many clients, including clients affected by cancer and couples undergoing fertility treatment. She has also worked as a trainer of counsellors. Jenny maintains that she does find time to relax and tells us that her guilty pleasure is reading ‘chick lit’!
Katy is a manager in the NHS and her background is as a midwife. She has had personal experience of ICP with both her children, giving birth at 37 and 38 weeks after induction of labour. With her knowledge of midwifery Katy is very aware that lots of obstetricians and midwives still don’t have the most up-to-date information and research into ICP.
Peter is a post-doctoral research scientist who specializes in genetic and metabolomic studies. He has spent a considerable part of his career unravelling the maternal genetic component of ICP susceptibility as part of the Imperial College research team.
Jude has had ICP in all her pregnancies. She is a mother, partner and Head of HR at a large media company.
In December 2012 I was diagnosed with ICP at 34 weeks. It was my first pregnancy, and to say I was worried was an understatement. I had never heard of ICP and the hospital seemed to know very little. I went home on the Friday night with so many questions. I came across ICP Support and phoned them. The advice, support and help I received was invaluable, reassuring and so friendly. I was induced at 38 weeks and delivered a healthy baby boy. I would have been lost without the support of the group and their research. Volunteering for the group is a small way of me saying thank you.
Emily is ICP Support’s Treasurer and is the CFO of an LSE-listed telematics business. She has a degree in Economics and Politics from the London School of Economics and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant. She has previously served as a Trustee for a charity in London and is currently a co-opted school governor and board member for a local federation of schools, where she heads up the Finance, Premises and Personnel committee.
Tracey had two ICP pregnancies in 1996 and 1998. On both occasions the itching started between 6 and 8 weeks - very early! She was fortunate that her mother read an article about Jenny Chambers during her first pregnancy and was able to enlist her help in diagnosing the condition and seeking the help that she needed. Both daughters were born at 35 weeks and are now healthy teenagers: proof that ICP pregnancies can have positive outcomes.