by blythe (3059 Posts), Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:07 am
Our monthly newsletter Expectations (make sure your email address is current and you should receive a copy) always has good articles, but this month is especially cool. http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com ... c2_95n7gJa
The part I'm especially excited about is that the Preeclampsia Foundation is leading a grassroots effort to get May officially recognized as Preeclampsia Awareness Monthhttp://www.ipetitions.com/petition/pree ... nessmonth/The Preeclampsia Foundation needs your support! We are working to secure at least 2,500 signatures by December 31, 2011 in support of designating May as "Preeclampsia Awareness Month” on the National Health Observances Calendar. Thirteen states and cities have already officially recognized the month, and a national proclamation will allow the Foundation to further expand awareness, distribute educational information and enhance both patient and provider literacy about preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.
Please sign our petition to demonstrate to Congress the large amount of interest and support there is for this cause.
WHEREAS, Preeclampsia, including HELLP syndrome and eclampsia, is a dangerous condition of pregnancy that can, in its severest form, lead to maternal and/or infant mortality or premature birth with significant health risks for the mother and baby, and
WHEREAS, As many as 320,000 cases of preeclampsia are diagnosed in America every year with approximately 25% resulting in severe, life-threatening consequences to a pregnant woman and her baby, and
WHEREAS, Public education as to the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome and eclampsia can help women recognize the condition and seek appropriate medical care, and
WHEREAS, Prenatal education should include recognition of those signs and symptoms (spikes in maternal blood pressure, sudden swelling of face and hands, severe upper abdominal pain, blurred vision, persistent headaches, breathlessness),
THEREFORE, We wish to declare May as Preeclampsia Awareness Month in support of the Preeclampsia Foundation's efforts to reduce maternal and infant illness and mortality due to preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.
We, the Undersigned, are declaring "Hear Us Now!" as we petition for preeclampsia's inclusion on the National Health Observances Calendar.
*Please note: After signing the petition, you will be directed to a donation page for iPetitions. You do NOT have to donate for your signature to register--just close the page.*
Just click on the linkhttp://www.ipetitions.com/petition/pree ... nessmonth/
and fill in your name and email address. Pass it on and get all your family and friends to sign, too!
Heather, mom to
#1 7-18-03 - 5#8oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
#2 8-11-06 - 6#14oz 37 weeks PE/PIH
#3 9-10-09 - 5#10oz 37 weeks PE/PIH