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May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month, as well as being the month where all of us celebrate the many maternal figures that have positively impacted our lives. As many of you can attest, motherhood is about more than a single day's recognition for the work that you lovingly (or at times begrudgingly!) do year-round for your family.

The same could be said about Preeclampsia Awareness month, which has always been about more than raising a banner or hosting a single event. Preeclampsia Awareness month is about taking action on behalf of a greater family: the global community of women and their families. For the Preeclampsia Foundation, May is not a culmination, but a beginning. It is a call to ACTION.

As such, May's newsletter is a call-to-action to make preeclampsia not just "that pregnancy thing," but a word that reminds people of the 10,000,000 women across the globe that are impacted, sometimes devastatingly, by preeclamptic pregnancies each year.

Read Janel Kovarik's account of sharing her preeclampsia experience with three generations of women, or find out how Promise Walks are delivering local awareness. Discover how healthcare providers are joining our call-to-action to make a difference.

It is also with sadness that we mourn the loss of a great preeclampsia researcher, Dr. Richard Levine, whose contributions to the understanding of the pathophysiology of preeclampsia will continue to live on through his research projects.

We also encourage you to take part in a variety of awareness events this month, including social media events with the March of Dimes, our blog button advertising campaign and a meaningful public art display that could come to your community.

Happy Mother's Day to all!

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Facts About Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a life-threatening disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Consider...

  • In the U.S., a woman is diagnosed with severe preeclampsia every 6 minutes.
  • Worldwide, preeclampsia claims the lives of an estimated 500,000 babies and 76,000 mothers each year.
  • Preeclampsia accounts for 15-20% of the 13 million premature births worldwide.s
  • Half of all pregnant women do not know the warning signs of preeclampsia.
  • The cause, and therefore a cure, still eludes us, though there are steps we can take today to reduce adverse outcomes.

We are extremely grateful for the support of our 2014 Saving Grace sponsors. The Preeclampsia Foundation does not endorse any opinions, beliefs, or findings of any sponsor at any time.

The Preeclampsia Foundation (PF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Tax ID# 91-2073087.
For more information about the Saving Grace gala, please email Saving Grace co-chairs Jaime Nolan or Kristy Heer or call the Preeclampsia Foundation office at 321-421-6957.
For more information about the Preeclampsia Foundation, please visit our website.