World Pre-eclampsia Day
22 05 2019

Dear <<First Name>>

I am writing to you because today is  World Pre-eclampsia Day and I wanted you to know how grateful we are for your support. In writing I wanted to share some facts with you.

Did you know:
  1. Pre-eclampsia affects up to 10% of pregnancies worldwide
  2. It is a leading cause of maternal and infant death with 76,000 maternal and 500,000 deaths each year worldwide
  3. Results in 16% of maternal deaths in low-to-middle income countries
The symptoms are:
  • Severe swelling of hands, feet or face,
  • Severe pain under the ribs
  • Severe headaches
  • Visual disturbances such as flashing lights
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Feeling unwell
We advise pregnant women to:
  • Never miss an antenatal appointment
  • Have you blood pressure taken at every visit
  • Have your urine checked and if protein is found this should prompt further tests
  • Go back to your GP or midwife straight away if you have any concerns
APEC, as the national charity for families affected by pre-eclampsia does lots to support women including
  • We run a helpline and provide information to members of the public who are affected by pre-eclampsia – be this pregnant women, their family and friends and anyone worried about pre-eclampsia.
  • We run study days for midwives and health professionals who work with pregnant women, providing expert training on detection and management of pre-eclampsia.
  • We organise the UK meeting on hypertension in pregnancy for experts and researchers
  • We also facilitate a unique expert referral service, whereby women can be referred by their GPs to an expert on pre-eclampsia in their area.
  • APEC also provide leaflets to hospitals and maternity units informing women about pre-eclampsia and the importance of antenatal care. We have distributed over 300,000 leaflets this year alone.
  • We offer FREE online training for midwives on all aspects of pre-eclampsia care.
Please can you help APEC?  We need your assistance in 3 ways today:
  • Please can you forward this email to any pregnant friends, so they know the signs and symptoms
  • Please can you promote any of this information on your own social media channels such as facebook and twitter.
  • Please can you consider making a donation using the donation button below
With all good wishes and many thanks
Marcus Green
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"You were my life line to understanding why our daughter died and why I was so desperately ill after her birth. You helped me see specialists who explained the future and helped us make choices. "
"I didn’t realise how common and how fatal pre-eclampsia can be - me and my baby girl are endlessly thankful for the care and support we both received and owe so much to our doctor who detected it"
"The whole day has been truly enjoyable. The speakers have been easy to listen to and pitched at just the right level. I could listen to them all day, I have learnt so much.          
Student Midwife, Keele.   
February 2019       
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