Friday 19 May 2017
Monday 22 May 2017 will mark the first ever World Preeclampsia Day.
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Preeclampsia Can Affect ANY Woman
At the INFANT Centre, we are working to combat preeclampsia with our IMPROvED project. Almost 1500 mothers in CUMH have volunteered for the study which aims to develop a predictive test for preeclampsia.
Our INFANT Researchers created this video to mark the day:
Pre-eclampsia is most common in the second half of pregnancy and can still strike up to six weeks after delivery. Women can sometimes be symptomless, but many symptoms are also easy to dismiss. Awareness of the signs is vital.
Our director, and consultant obstetrician at CUMH, Prof Louise Kenny notes that “As healthcare professionals, we never, ever mind seeing someone, reviewing a mother who is worried about herself in pregnancy. We would much rather see 100 women and reassure them that they are fine than miss even one who has signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia and who has dismissed them or ignored them.”
All maternity units are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There will always be a senior duty midwife available on the phone (whether you are seen publically or privately). If any mother is concerned, call the hospital.
Know the symptoms.
They could save a life (or two).