Candace Hurley weaves a Web of support for women in risky pregnancies
Candace Hurley had endured years of fertility treatments and a miscarriage when she thought she was going to lose another baby—in 1986 she went into preterm labor in her 20th week of pregnancy. But Hurley, 45, a Laguna Beach, Calif., speech pathologist who had to spend four months in bed, spoke by phone to one of her doctor's patients who had suffered the same scare. "When I heard her baby crying," Hurley says, "that was the first minute I had hope."
Today, the mother of two runs the nonprofit Sidelines National Support Network (www.sidelines.org), which connects women in risky pregnancies by phone and, increasingly, e-mail. "It's hard to believe there are really people like that out there," says Cathy Colby, 43, of Fullerton, Calif., a new mom of twins helped by the 5,000-volunteer network. "They go all out for you."
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