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For leading construction lawyer AMANDA DAVIDSON OAM, life is a hectic schedule of parenting, career and raising money for medical research in a field close to her heart. She speaks to CLAIRE CHAFFEY.

When Amanda Davidson was 28 weeks pregnant with her now 13-year-old son Harry, she was told to take herself home to bed for the remainder of her pregnancy or risk the lives of her unborn son and herself.

Diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, Davidson was in the middle of a significant mining case and had to drop everything to deal with what is the leading cause of premature births in the world. Pre-eclampsia is the most common complicatin in pregnancy and often involves high blood pressure, high levels of protein in the blood and swelling.

While she gave birth to a healthy son at 37 weeks, Davidson was left wondering what had happened.

“After Harry was born and I had recovered, I sat down and spoke to Professor Annemarie Hennessy, my specialist doctor, and Dr Geoff Brieger, about it,” she recalls. “I said, ‘Who is doing something about it?’ They said, ‘No-one’. So I decided we had better do something about it.”

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