Meghan Rauen

Avery’s Angels Team

CEO & Founder


Meghan Rauen MA/MA LCMHCA holds two graduate degrees from Wake Forest University, in Bioethics and Clinical Mental Health and two undergraduate degrees from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in Philosophy (Value Theory) and Political Science. Meghan is also a certified bereavement doula through Stillbirthday and a certified hospice companion from Reiki Awakening Academy. Her research and training center around bioethics, palliative care and clinical mental health with complex and terminal pediatric and neonatal patients, families and clinicians. Meghan works in a volunteer capacity as the Director and CEO of the Global Gastroschisis Foundation/Avery’s Angels. Meghan is also a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in NC and a National Certified Counselor who specializes in families and children with chronic and terminal illness. Meghan lives in Wake Forest, NC, with her two surviving children who are in a bazillion activities, her husband who is also in a bazillion things, 2 dogs, 2 bunnies and 6 birds, who have no activities.

Meghan has presented research and given a number of talks in bioethics, patient advocacy and clinical mental health including: Innovating Digital Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center/University of Cincinnati, June, 2020, Don’t be afraid of Dr. Google and my friend on Facebook, Born a Hero- Rare Disease Talks, Seattle, WA Seattle Children’s Hospital, January, 2018, What faces Gastroschisis Survivors; Myth vs Fact North Carolina Counseling Association Annual Conference Durham, NC, February, 2017, Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder- Fact or Fiction? A review of the literature. Because We Care Workshop, Brenners Children’s Hospital, Winston Salem, NC, September, 2015, The Art of Mindfulness and Self Care, Fourth Annual Conference on Religion and Medicine , Cambridge, MA, March 2015, Miracle Language in the NICU, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities San Diego, CA. October 2014, Pediatric Surgical Innovations, and, Complicating Features of Organ Donation in Pediatrics and Neonatology. Meghan is a founding member of SARA – Surgical Anomalies Research Alliance along side Dawn Ireland of CDH International, and a member of The Gutsy Perspective Research Team (Marie Neumann project leader,  Swapna Kakani, Jessica Allen and Amy Lander) who recently published research on short bowel syndrome quality of life in The Journal of Pediatrics titled: A beautiful struggle: Parent-perceived impact of short bowel syndrome on child and family wellbeing.