Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to October - yes, it is October still! We have had a really busy few weeks, so apologies the newsletter hasn't come sooner.

In the newsletter this month ...

  • EastEnders Pre-eclampsia storyline saw record numbers of hits to our website

  • Baby Loss Awareness Week - Marcus joined CEO's from seven other charities to meet with Jeremy Hunt to discuss the way forward for reducing fetal and maternal deaths

  • London Study day a great success- feedback from delegates

  • Who Cares wins? Midwife Nina Kellow was nominated by mum Alice a supporter of APEC.

  • Research- can you spare a few minutes to get involved?

  • Fundraising: Get your running shoes on for APEC!

EastEnders storyline praised by APEC


Action on Pre-eclampsia  praised bosses at EastEnders for bringing pre-eclampsia into the limelight through the current storyline around Stacey Fowler’s pregnancy. Marcus Green, APEC CEO, said “Actress Lacey Turner and EastEnders sensitively handled a real trauma for very many pregnant women." The episodes prompted millions of people to take to social media, sharing posts, discussing their own experience and using the hashtag #StaceysPreEclampsia. Although of course a very emotional and sad theme for so many of us, it brought pre-eclampsia to the social media foreground for a short time, and all awareness raising is a good thing. Great strides are being made but there is still so much to be done.
The APEC website recorded 3 million hits on Monday night, forcing us to work round the clock to migrate all the data to a larger server. We are thrilled so much awareness of the condition was raised and hope many more people
will be aware of APEC's service and seek advice and support from us in the future. Our Facebook post with the press release was shared over 350 times, seen by over 70,000 people and started hundreds of conversations about the dangers of pre-eclampsia. We would like to thank the programme makers and all involved for their sensitive portrayal of pre-eclampsia and remind everyone we are here for support and advice.

APEC HELPLINE 01386 761848

Baby Loss Awareness Week

As you may be aware 9-15 October was baby loss awareness week, as part of this, seven other baby  charity CEOs and Marcus met with Jeremy Hunt to discuss  work that needs to be done around maternal and baby deaths and providing support for bereaved parents. Marcus said: "he was highly supportive of what we were saying and as a group we have committed to work together." We would like to thank our colleagues at the other charities for their support - strength in unity is making a difference.

There was also the Baby Loss Awareness Week debate in the House of Commons and the Parliamentary reception which APEC trustee Dianne Garland and Marcus attended.
During this reception Marcus was approached by three Members of Parliament quite separately, all of whom want us to fight for maternal death from pre-eclampsia becoming a Never Event for the NHS.
This is something APEC have long campaigned for between 2011 and 2014 and we feel now, with such positive support from politicians, that this is now a very real possibility.

People shared images and messages across Social Media to remember babies lost, using the hashtag #WaveofLight in what was a very powerful and emotional climax to the week's events.
APEC Supporter Alice nominated her wonderful midwife Nina Kellow, of Gloucester Royal Hospital for a Sun Who Cares Wins award

Alice Clements contacted APEC to nominate Nina for the care she received when she was in hospital giving birth to her daughter Belle. She told us:

"My little girl was born via emergency c-section seven weeks early to save my life. I was rushed up in an ambulance. Nina was assigned to me in intensive care/high dependency the first night, but on the second night she asked to come back and work with me again. I couldn't see my little girl because I was too poorly and Nina went to check up on her regularly for me, as well as bringing back a photo and neonatal information pack for me. She also helped me to express for my little girl and got me walking 24 hours after the operation.
She certainly stuck out for me. It's three and a half years on but I'd love her to meet my little girl now..."

Well Nina made the shortlist and they were all reunited for the award ceremony. Our trustee Dr Carol Cooper was at the awards and took a few photos!

We hear stories of wonderful midwives and doctors all the time and it so special to be able to share this one. Thank you to you all for the amazing work you do.

London study day a great success
Some of our fabulous speakers in full flow at the Wellcome Conference Centre...

We had a brilliant day back at the end of September at the Wellcome Conference centre, with over 70 delegates taking away swathes of knowledge to use in their practice. Thank you to everyone who attended and to our wonderful speakers Prof Cathy Nelson-Piercy, Dr Louise Webster, Dr Anita Banerjee, Prof Lucy Chappell, Dr David Williams, Jenny Chambers and Alex Da Costa.
Really great feedback, with everyone involved coming away enthused and ready to recommend our study days to colleagues.

In House study days - Let APEC come to you!
APEC are branching out and coming to workplaces/hospitals to run study days.
The cost for these days varies accordning to location, but if you have a suitable location please do contact us so we can discuss your needs.
Would  you like to help with
Pre-eclampsia Research?

Have you had pre-eclampsia?

King's College London are undertaking a survey for patients and public about whether care should provided in hospital or as an outpatient once diagnosed with pre-eclampsia.

The results will be combined with an audit of practice in South Thames, Surrey and Sussex and expert opinion. If you are interested please take 7 minutes to complete the survey below

Click here to complete the survey
      APEC at MOMs
The APEC team were delighted to attend the 41st  MOMS conference on 20th September. Marcus spoke about the work we do as a charity, and we made many new useful contacts. The day was extremely interesting, lots of food for thought, and some elements learned we will be incorporating in our new E-Learning programme 

Virgin Money London Marathon 2018

" Running the London Marathon has been a real journey for me, highs and lows, but raising all this money has been thoroughly worth it. "

We have a few places left for 2018 and would love to have you on our team! We provide:
Support and a great Facebook group
Personalised APEC running vest & hoodie
All the fundraising items you could need.

Help with advertising your events on social 

Some of the comments made from our amazing 2017 team, who have raised an incredible APEC record of £75000

"It was a wonderful experience and lovely to be able to do it for APEC.  The crowds were amazing; the noise they made just helped so much. "

 "Thank you
for giving me the opportunity to run,
  I had the most amazing day and will remember it
  forever! "

 "People have been so generous and loved the charity that I chose, some of which had stories to tell me of their experiences with pre-eclampsia. "

Click on the images for more information or register for a place here:

Sign me up to run the London marathon 2018 for APEC!
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Members are very important to APEC – they give the charity a voice when it comes to campaigning and awareness-raising, thus helping in our goal of saving the lives of mums and babies. Thank you to all of you who are members for your continued support, we could not do this without you.

Knowing that the charity has regular donations from our members helps us plan for the future with the confidence of a secure income. Please join APEC today and become part of a growing charity.

You can become a member of APEC by supporting us with as little as £3 per month, Click below for more information and to join. If you prefer to make a one off donation, thank you! please choose one of the below options.

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Action on Pre-eclampsia is a UK registered charity. Charity number: 1013557 

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