Action on Pre-eclampsia Newsletter - February 2017

Dear <<First Name>>,

Welcome to February's newsletter from Action on Pre-eclampsia, and as ever we have plenty of exciting developments to make you aware of this month...
  • APEC Chair and CEO publish article in The Lancet on maternal deaths in the UK
  • Jenny Donato from the US tells us why she is running the London Marathon for APEC
  • New APEC online shop launch
  • London APEC Midwife study day- bookings now being taken.


Maternal deaths in the UK:
Pre-eclampsia deaths are avoidable says article in The Lancet

Pregnancy in the UK has never been safer conclude authors of a comment piece published in The Lancet.
APEC's own Prof Andrew Shennan, (Chair of Trustees) and Marcus Green, (CEO), together with Prof Lucy Chappell of Kings College have welcomed the news from the latest Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths that less than 1 in 10,000 women in the UK die in pregnancy and women who get Pre-eclampsia have a less than 1 in 1,000,000 chance of dying.

“This reduction in mortality in the UK in mothers with Pre-eclampsia is quite remarkable. Good care in the NHS, driven by sound evidence based medicine and disseminated by NICE guidelines means the rest of the world will be driven to emulate this success. This is a real success story.”

Prof. Andrew Shennan

Marcus Green said, “Pregnancy in the UK is now so safe a women’s partner is more likely to die than she is. There has been great progress even in the last few years, especially in Pre-eclampsia and this is down to great care in the NHS.  In 2006-8, 19 women died from Pre-eclampsia and this is now down to 2 deaths in 2012-14.” 

We can be immensely proud of that reduction.  To put this into perspective, globally 5 women an hour die from Pre-eclampsia and it is scandalous when access to good care almost inevitably leads to good outcomes.

“We should continue the focus on high-quality care that has enabled this reduction to happen including regular antenatal checks and prompt treatment of severe hypertension.  We now need to turn our attention to reducing Pre-eclampsia deaths around the globe and the baby deaths associated with the disease in the UK and elsewhere. “

Prof Lucy Chappell 

The piece suggests that the improved outcomes over recent decades are due to improved monitoring of pregnant women, good diagnosis and timely delivery. 

More recently, it has been shown there can be partial prevention through the use of low dose aspirin, use of antihypertensive medication and magnesium sulphate.  

Planned delivery from 37 weeks has also been shown to reduce morbidity.

Marcus Green cautioned against complacency. “We know great care makes a tremendous difference and Pre-eclampsia is only safe for the mother if it is identified and well managed without this we run the risk of these statistics rising in the UK and the effect on families is utterly devastating.”
Read the full article from The Lancet, 11th February 2017 here:


Education for midwives, student midwives and healthcare professionals 2017


Action on Pre-eclampsia have successfully run study days for midwives and other health professionals for approaching 25 years. We do not make a profit on the days, and run them purely to Educate as part of our charitable objectives. We are lucky to have the support of many wonderful professors and consultants in the field. The cost for attending a whole day event is only £100, or £50 for student midwives. Discounts are available on group bookings, and we offer an’ in house’ service too.
London 2017
Our APEC London Study day for Midwives will be held on Wednesday September 27th at the  Wellcome Conference Centre, Euston Road, London NW1 2BE We will be taking registrations shortly but if you would like any further information please contact

for more information and to book a place visit:
Ask APEC to come to you?

We have several 'in house' training days and sessions planned already for 2017 around the UK where we will be collaborating with Cambridge's Anglia and Addenbrookes Universities and the PHOENIX Research hospitals in London and Manchester.

If you are a university or hospital with funding for midwifery education and a suitable venue and would like us to hold an event for you, please get in touch with Rowan on to discuss your requirements.


APEC Expert Meeting 2017:
Hypertension in Pregnancy day
The Action on Pre-eclampsia Expert Meeting 2017 will be held on 25th May 2017, in central London.
The day is already shaping up to be something special, with the following speakers already confirmed:

Professor Andrew Shennan
Professor Louise Kenny
Professor Christopher Redman
Professor  Basky Thilaganathan
with more to be confirmed shortly.

The  venue has been  confirmed as The Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE  
Please contact for more information.
The APEC Online shop for 
pre-eclampsia resources is now live!

We are delighted to let you know we now have a variety of resources available for sale through our online shop. You can now browse our items for sale in one place and pay online using PayPal or Visa

We have stocks of the highly praised Cradle VSA Blood pressure monitors as well as our leaflets:  Essential Pregnancy Information and Postnatal recovery from pre-eclampsia

Understanding Pre-eclampsia: a guide for parents and midwives
, by Prof Chris Redman and Isabel walker can be pre-ordered here too.

Visit the new APEC online shop here


London Marathon 2017

runner of the month 

Jenny Donato
We often receive applications for the London Marathon from all over the globe and this year is no exception. This month we would like to showcase the achievements of the amazing Jenny Donato, who has already competed in six marathons worldwide and has a terrific total on her Just Giving page already!

"I read about Action on Pre-eclampsia before signing up to become part of the APEC team.  I was very interested to learn as much about it as I could.  When I began to discuss pre-eclampsia with friends​​​ and relatives, I was surprised to hear just how many of them already knew about this great charity, and how many of their close friends or family members that have been affected by this.

This will be the third charity marathon that I have run to raise money to help a worthy cause.  It is very important to me to help others in a way that I am capable of doing so. I would hope that if I were to need some type of help in the future, that there would be a person out there advocating for me, if I couldn't do so for myself. 

One of my dreams is to also complete the Abbott World Major Marathon series.  The London Marathon will be the last marathon I need to complete the series. There are six world marathons, I have run Boston, New York City, Chicago, and the Berlin Marathon.  On February 26th 2017, I will be running the Tokyo Marathon, and then of course the final marathon of this series will be in London on April 23rd, 2017. This will make me a Six Star Champion and also a running ambassador for the USA.

So the opportunity to combine my dream of running the Abbott World Major Marathon Series and supporting an incredible charity such as APEC, made the decision to participate in this event an easy one for me! "

We would like to thank Jenny for her dedication and hard work in raising a fabulous £1652 (and counting) for APEC. What a star!!

If you would like to make a donation to Jenny' please visit her Just Giving page here:


Social Media


Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @apec_uk and 'like' our Facebook page. 

Social Media is a great way for us to instantly share the latest news on pre-eclampsia.

It's also one of the best ways to efficiently pass on information and an important way of communicating with our supporters without spending any money.


Contact Address:

80B The Stables, Evesham, Worcestershire WR11 2PA
Tel 01386 761848

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

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