Dr. Blauwet is the founder of the Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Association (PCA) and has had a career-long focus on peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM). She has cared for many women with PPCM in South Africa and in the United States. Her research focuses on seeking the cause of PPCM as well as improving clinical care and outcomes for PPCM patients. She is a member of the Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Network, which is a network of physicians and nurses at clinical sites across the United States and Canada dedicated to both clinical care and investigation of peripartum cardiomyopathy. Dr. Blauwet is a Cardiovascular Diseases consultant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, holding the rank of Associate Professor.

“I serve on the PCA board because I am passionate about improving the diagnosis, care and support of PPCM patients and I can think of no better way to help these moms and their families who are impacted by PPCM. Through the PCA, I hope to increase awareness and education, facilitate research, and provide support to all those who are affected by this disease. Together, we can make a difference!”

Caitlan Kane is a teacher, survivor, co-founder, and the mother of three children.  Caitlan’s personal mission to drive heart-health awareness in women, a direct result of surviving Peripartum Cardiomyopathy (PPCM), post-birth of her third child. Her near-death experience changed her perspective on health, self-advocacy, and life.  Caitlan is a board member with the Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Association (PCA) which helps bring survivors together, raise awareness, and support current research.  Caitlan also co-founded Sisters@Heart to improve the lives of those affected by heart disease and stroke at a local level. Caitlan also serves on the Heart and Vascular Board for Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a 793-bed teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.  Caitlan earned both her undergraduate and Master’s in Education at Providence College.

“ I serve on the board of the PCA to help fellow survivors find other PPCM patients for support, to locate the best doctors in their area, to share the most current research, and to help raise awareness for this often misdiagnosed disease.”

Monica Miller is an educator and mother of one. She is a survivor of PPCM (Peripartum Cardiomyopathy), diagnosed after the birth of her child. Monica is a board member with PCA (Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Association) that largely supports connections among survivors coupled with a focus on increasing education and sharing research. Monica earned her undergraduate degree at Colby-Sawyer College (NH) in Child Development. She has her PreK-Grade 3 teaching certificate and has completed graduate coursework in English Language Learning.

Monica is active within her hometown community in Maine. She serves on local boards and is a coach for local sports teams.

“I serve on the PCA board to help others along their journey with PPCM. PPCM affects more than the diagnosed so the support network is crucial to maintaining and understanding the new way of life. Providing hope and support for subsequent pregnancies to PPCM moms is my motivating force.”