Preeclampsia Awareness Month Marked by Educational Activities, Promise Walks in 38 Cities

Take the Preeclampsia Pledge – Know the Symptoms.  Spread the Word.

Melbourne, Fla. – April 14, 2014 – May is National Preeclampsia Awareness Month, as designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To build awareness of preeclampsia, a life-threatening disorder of pregnancy and the postpartum period, the Preeclampsia Foundation is launching a month-long education campaign using the theme: Take the Preeclampsia Pledge – Know the Symptoms.  Spread the Word.  In addition, thousands of families in 38 cities will be participating in The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™.

“A key message throughout all our activities is that every pregnant woman should receive detailed information about preeclampsia and its symptoms,” said the Foundation’s Executive Director Eleni Tsigas. “Expectant mothers who know what to be aware of play a vital role as the ‘first responder’ to preeclampsia symptoms. Our research has shown it can literally be a matter of life and death for many mothers and babies.”

Promise Walks in the 38 participating cities are family-style events.

“You will see a lot of babies in strollers, guest speakers, appearances by media personalities, raffles, health screenings, children’s activities, and memorial events,” said the Foundation’s Director of Community Relations Laney Poye. Visit http://www.promisewalk.org to register or support a Promise Walk.

Other Preeclampsia Awareness Month educational activities include:

  •  Preeclampsia Awareness Month Kick-off Twitter Party with @WorldMomsBlog and @Finnegan_Hughes on Wednesday, April 30, from 9 to 10 pm EDT
  • Week 1 Focus: "Preeclampsia Awareness Survey – Its Findings and Implication" Twitter Chat with @BabyCenter on Thursday, May 8, from 1 to 2 pm EDT
  • Week 2 Focus: "Know the Symptoms of Preeclampsia"
    • Google+ Hangout with Pregnancy Magazine and American College of Nurse-Midwives (@ACNMmidwives) on Wednesday, May 14, from 1 to 2 pm EDT
    • "Focus on Preeclampsia" #WellnessWed Twitter Chat with @MomsRising on Wednesday, May 14, from 2 to 3 pm EDT
  • Week 3 Focus: "Preeclampsia and Long-term Heart Health" Twitter Chat with Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (@SCAI) on Thursday, May 22, from 1 to 2 pm EDT
  • Week 4 Focus: "How Can Preeclampsia Affect My Baby?" Twitter Chat on Thursday, May 29, from 1 to 2 pm EDT

In the last four years, The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™ has raised $1.3 million for preeclampsia research, placed more than 140,000 educational brochures into the hands of pregnant women, provided more than 5,000 health care providers with the latest information in preeclampsia diagnosis and management, made it possible for the 1.5 million visitors who come to the Preeclampsia Foundation’s website each year to learn more about hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, and supported thousands of families through medically and emotionally complex times.

National sponsors for the 2014 Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™ are BabyCenter, Happy Family Organic Superfoods, MultiVu/PR Newswire, and PerkinElmer Labs.

For more information, visit www.preeclampsia.org/pream.

About Preeclampsia: Preeclampsia is a serious - and rather common - complication of pregnancy and postpartum period, dangerous to both the mother and her unborn baby. It is characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Other signs and symptoms may include swelling of the face and hands, headaches, and visual disturbances.  Knowing the symptoms and reporting them immediately may lead to more timely diagnosis and better outcomes.

About the Preeclampsia Foundation: The Preeclampsia Foundation is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2000. It is dedicated to providing patient support and education, raising public awareness, catalyzing research and improving health care practices, envisioning a world where preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy no longer threaten the lives of mothers and babies.  For more information, visit www.preeclampsia.org or call toll-free (800) 665-9341.

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