This actually makes me really regret donating to them earlier this year. (I feel like I should write a letter asking for my money back and give it to the PF instead, not that they would give it back anyway.) The implication that "better prenatal care" will prevent preeclampsia really made me mad. Since they seem to have all the answers, I sure wish they would enlighten us and our doctors and experts! Grr!
I wonder how misleading their rates really are. I think that Olivia's cause of death on the records was due to extreme prematurity (23 weeks), even though she was only extremely premature because of HELLP, and most likely would have been stillborn in another day or two. But I wonder how many babies like her are going into these prematurity rates that aren't really fixable unless/until we find a cure or prevention for PE/HELLP.
I fear that their big push against prematurity is going to only result in more stillbirths as they make it more difficult for doctors to induce labor prematurely. (I read an article a week or so ago about how hospitals are 'cracking down'.)
The new recs for less pap smears are also part of the attempt to reduce preterm birth. Allegedly more frequent paps= more frequent, possibly unnecessary procedures for abnormal results, which can contribute to preterm birth. I think I'll take the risk of preterm birth vs. cervical cancer, thanks. Although I sure won't be complaining about less paps, I'm not that sure I like the reasoning behind it.
"The driving force behind the change was the numerous studies that show women who are treated for cervical dysplasias are more likely to have a preterm birth," said Waxman, who is a professor at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.