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Dear <<First Name>>,
 
Somehow the start of September feels like a fresh start with kids back to school and summer holidays over. 
 
This year is a little different but I hope we are at the end of the first stage of dealing with the pandemic. 
 
I read a report recently that said about 60,000 jobs will be lost in the charitable sector and that funding has been hit really hard and I thought I’d fill you in about what has been happening here since March. Firstly, we decided we would only furlough as a last resort and in the end, we didn’t. Secondly, we’ve seen an increase in demand for our helpline but at the same time we’ve not been able to run training courses and we’ve needed to work hard on our fundraising. Thirdly, we’ve seen the postponement of the London Marathon, our biggest fundraiser. 
 
We have just about weathered the storm, due to the incredible hard work of the tiny staff team who’ve been working from home, managing family and keeping the ship afloat by doing stuff they wouldn’t normally be asked to do and working way beyond their hours. I’m proud of them. Second, our marathon fundraisers have been working really hard to keep bringing the money in and we’ve seen some generous gifts from Trusts.
 
Like every charity, we are battered and bruised from the last few months, we are disappointed not to have delivered on what was going to be one of our busiest years ever; it’s frustrating. The bottom line is some of our work has changed, some for the better, some won’t be going back to how it was but we will continue to fight for women, babies and their families as we have for nearly 30 years.
 
We can only do this with your help. In this newsletter there are things you can get involved in, such as our online Experts Day, joining our weekly draw, encouraging midwives to do our CPD accredited learning or running the Marathon.
 
However you want to help, we will soak up your enthusiasm, your support and remain forever grateful.
 
Thank you – and keep well


 
Marcus Green
CEO

EDUCATION and RESEARCH 

APEC Expert Meeting 2020
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e-eclampsia post the pandemic

We are absolutely delighted to tell you the Expert Meeting 2020 Agenda has been finalised and we have some wonderful speakers including:

 
      
 (L-R) Kemi Badenoch MP, Minster for Equalities, Professor Laura Magee, Professor Marian Knight and Professor Andy Shennan OBE. 
 
Date: 12th November 2020
Time:1-5pm
Venue: Online - details will follow after booking
 
This special online 2020 event is open and free* to all who are interested in attending.
*We ask for a small voluntary donation to support the charity if you feel able to give.
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LEADING ROYAL COLLEGES SAY MULTI-DISCIPLINARY MATERNITY CARE IS KEY TO IMPROVING MATERNAL OUTCOMES

The RCOG Response to new MBBRACE report: "clarity is key when providing specific advice to women with COVID-19 during pregnancy and after birth" 

Today two leading Royal Colleges have said its vital that all pregnant women admitted to hospital with COVID-19 have multi-disciplinary maternity care from the start and that the information given to pregnant women must be accessible to all.

Responding to a new report from the MBRRACE-UK Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) said that clarity is key when providing specific advice to women with COVID-19 during pregnancy and after birth. They also stated the need for special attention to be paid to those at higher risk, including black, Asian and minority ethnic women, including providing access to an interpreter where needed.

The report reviewed the care of 16 pregnant and postnatal women who died with COVID-19
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Have a look at our new film which answers some of the questions on taking aspirin during pregnancy to prevent pre-eclampsia.

The Inaugural Meeting of APEC International (APECi)  Victoria Falls, Zambia, was in February 2020

The team came from Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, India, South Africa and the UK to strategise about how they can provide an impactful and useful website with resources about pre-eclampsia, for health professionals, pregnant women and communities across the Global South. 

At the meeting, the team brainstormed a mission statement, discussed educational flyers and short video clips and the requisite content for the website.  A highlight of the meeting was a screening of the community developed movies about pre-eclampsia, namely Astryd’s Choice– a HAPPEE Project Partnership in Haiti and For the Love of Women – a HAPPEE Project Partnership in Zimbabwe.

                              

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Placental growth factor in suspected preterm pre‐eclampsia: a review of the evidence and practicalities of implementation
 
Despite extensive research, the pathophysiology and prevention of pre‐eclampsia remain elusive, diagnosis is challenging, and pre‐eclampsia remains associated with adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes.  This new review provides healthcare providers with an understanding of the evidence for PlGF‐based testing and describes the practicalities and challenges to implementation. 
Read the full review
THIS Institute, based at the University of Cambridge, will be launching the CORONET study in September 2020.
 
The study aims to hear from women, healthcare professionals and managers delivering maternity care to understand what works well, and why in remote antenatal care. The study will co-produce consensus on “what good looks like” and develop guidance and enduring learning for remote antenatal care outside of pandemic conditions. 
Find out more about the study

Have you become a dad or mum during lockdown? Are you a midwife or health visitor?

The Fatherhood Institute would love to hear about your experiences

 
Becoming a parent, especially for the first time, is amazing - but it can also be stressful and scary. NHS maternity units have been restricting men's access both pre and postnatally since the start of lockdown, but restrictions have varied geographically, and their impact is unknown.

Our survey aims to build up a detailed picture of what has been happening, how people have felt about it and how services might best be delivered in the still-uncertain future.

It takes about ten minutes to complete, thank you.
 
Take the Fatherhood institute survey
Virgin Money Virtual London Marathon 2020

"The 40th Race"


Dubbed the most inclusive London Marathon ever, this race will take place on the 4th October. Runners have 24 hours to complete and will still receive a runners medal.

Times will be logged by a specially developed app.

Interested in running for APEC? More information about this and the other London Marathon options we offer are below. 

Hurry! The closing date is 18th September!
Find out more about all London Marathon places

 

Continuing Care in COVID-19 Outbreak:
A Global Survey of New and Expectant Parent Experiences

 
COCOON has been developed by a global team of researchers and clinicians to understand how maternity care has changed since the outbreak of COVID-19. We want to understand the psycho-social impact of our response to the outbreak on women and their partners who are having a baby during this challenging time. This study will examine a range of issues including the use of telehealth appointments (via telephone or video call), the impact of isolation and social restrictions, and the challenges and concerns of parents.
 
We also seek to understand the psycho-social experiences of  the COVID-19 outbreak on parents who have experienced stillbirth or neonatal death during this outbreak. This is one of the few studies world-wide to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on the care of bereaved parents after the death of a baby.
The global research study involves participants from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, UK, USA and many others.
More information
Cradle VSA Blood Pressure monitors stock update

Due to supply issues, we have only been able to source a small amount of these excellent devices, but we will shortly have more stocks so we will be able to supply small and individual orders again. Please contact Marcus Green for more information or refer to the shop page on our website

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Did you know our APEC E-Learning course on Hypertensive Disorders of pregnancy now has CPD accreditation and is FREE and available to all.

It is ideal to refresh knowledge or as a new course.
Register for the course

Are you feeling lucky? 

We have our our first APEC draw winners! The lovely Rob Crussell won £20 on Saturday 15th August and the delightful Jenny Quirk won last week. Jenny very kindly donated her winnings to APEC, Thank you to Jenny and to Rob  and everyone who joined in for their support.

There is a draw every week, tickets are just £1 its just a bit of fun and you might win some pocket money or you might win the jackpot if £25000!

Please join in, and tell your friends!
Buy a ticket!
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