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May is the first 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 campaign of education including infographics, Twitter chats, blogs and more. In addition, thousands of families in 44 cities will be participating in The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™.
“A key message throughout all our activities this month is that every pregnant woman should receive detailed information about preeclampsia and its signs and 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 44 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/campaign to register, support a Promise Walk, or to learn more about other scheduled activities. Follow the activity on Twitter at #PreAM13.
In the last three years, The Promise Walk for Preeclampsia™ has raised a half million dollars for preeclampsia research, put over 120,000 educational brochures into the hands of pregnant women, provided over 5,000 health care providers with the latest information in preeclampsia diagnosis and management, supported over 10,000 families through medically and emotionally complex times, and made it possible for the 1.2 million visitors who come to the Preeclampsia Foundation’s website each year to learn more than they knew before.
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