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’!
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.
I have known about ICP since the early 1990s and was involved at the very beginning of the support group in 1991, giving advice on the group's finances. I was very honoured to be asked to be one of the founding trustees when the support group was formalised into a charity.
I have had four children, but my daughter was stillborn in 1990, due to unknown causes. My three boys are now in their 20s and I also have two grown stepdaughters. I an a chartered accountant, now working in education, lecturing at a local university. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, the allotment and travelling.
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.
Magdalen’s involvement with ICP Support began in 2010 when Jenny Chambers came to collect Magdalen’s placenta and umbilical cord (for research) a few hours after her youngest daughter was born. She had developed severe ICP, which resulted in her daughter needing to be delivered early at 35 weeks.
Magdalen offers a friendly ear via the ICP Support and Information Line, provides support through the ICP forums and is part of the team promoting awareness of ICP to both the public and health professionals.
Originally trained as a Montessori teacher with a special interest in infant development, Magdalen spent many years working with children in different roles until she had her own children. Magdalen is a director of the IT company she founded with her husband. When not busy with IT or ICP, she can be found with her head buried in cookery and travel books or hunting for bugs with her two daughters in their local water meadows.
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.