Preeclampsia Awareness Day Toolkit - May 22
More than half of all preeclampsia deaths are preventable, and education is an important part in reducing those numbers. Included in this action alert are statistics, client resources such as handouts and videos, best-practice guidance, and pre-made social media posts that we hope will assist you in rolling out awareness about preeclampsia with the families you serve.
Below are social media and video resources. View the full toolkit PDF
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Social Media Messages
- Risk for Preeclampsia can be identified by your doctor through blood tests and other screening including, medical history, blood pressure monitoring, and Doppler ultrasound as early as the end of your first trimester (11 to 14 weeks). Determining your risk factors and developing a course of action is an important part of your prenatal care. Early detection is key in keeping you and your baby healthy throughout your pregnancy and beyond! For more information, please visit https://www.efcni.org/activities/campaigns/world-preeclampsia-day/.
- Knowing the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia can keep you and your baby healthy - it could even save your life! Preeclampsia is linked to preterm birth and low birth weight, as well as heart and breathing problems for babies. Mothers with preeclampsia can experience serious, even life threatening complications, and often go on to have high blood pressure and other heart disease later in life. Eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise, and managing your stress can all help keep your pregnancy as healthy as possible, and are great habits to maintain after the birth of your baby as well. If you're experiencing any of the signs or symptoms of preeclampsia, tell your health care provider right away! For more information about PreEclampsia Awareness Day, check out: https://www.efcni.org/activities/campaigns/world-preeclampsia-day/.
- It isn't just high blood pressure - it's an emergency! Preeclampsia can have serious consequences for you and your baby. Keeping all of your prenatal appointments and following your doctor's recommendations on lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, are key to avoiding major health issues down the road. For more information about Preeclampsia and what you should know, please visit: https://www.efcni.org/activities/campaigns/world-preeclampsia-day/.
- While PRAMS* data shows that 12.7% of pregnant women in Kansas experience pregnancy related hypertension, women with preexisting conditions such as hypertension, anxiety, being overweight and obesity have even higher rates. Keeping all of your prenatal appointments and following your doctor's recommendations on lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, are key to decreasing your risks and avoiding major health issues down the road. Information provided by the EFCNI and World Pre-eclampsia Day. Find more information at: https://www.efcni.org/downloads/factsheets/.
- While PRAMS* data shows that Non-Hispanic Black women report a higher rate of developing pregnancy related hypertension, preeclampsia, and eclampsia, steps can be taken to help decrease the risk. It is vitally important for you to access prenatal care and prenatal education early in your pregnancy! Advocate for your health by participating in routine health screenings and managing any chronic health conditions you might have, like obesity, high blood pressure and depression. Engage in reproductive health planning to ensure chronic health conditions are under good control before your next pregnancy. To learn more about accessing low cost services visit https://www.kdheks.gov/c-f/womens.html.
- More Videos
- Postpartum Preeclampsia - You Are Still at Risk After Your Baby is Born
- Joan Donnelly's Story - Postpartum Preeclampsia
- Preeclampsia & Eclampsia - causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pathology
Patient Education Resources
- Preeclampsia Foundation - Information for Women and Families
- March of Dimes - Information on Preeclampsia
- Preeclampsia Foundation - Postpartum Preeclampsia
- Support for Survivors of Preeclampsia
- Preeclampsia Fact Sheet
- Health Action Sheet - Low-dose aspirin to prevent preeclampsia and premature birth
- Poster - Act Early! Screen Early!
- What Women Need to Know About Preeclampsia
- Signs and Symptoms of Preeclampsia
- Postpartum Preeclampsia - You are Still at Risk
- After Delivery - Recognizing These Signs Can Save Your Life
- Mental Health Effects of Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome
- Take Heart-Take Care
Best Practice and Guidance Resources for Providers
- Practice Guidelines
- Preeclampsia Foundation - Best Practices for Healthcare Providers
- U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) - Final Recommendation Statement on Preeclampsia Screening
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Clinical Guidance
- Current Guidelines on Low-Dose Aspirin
- Preeclampsia Foundation - Ask About Aspirin
- USPSTF - Recommendation Statement on Low-Dose Aspirin Use (2019 update in progress)
- ACOG Committee Opinion on Aspirin for Preeclampsia
- Managing Preeclampsia and Eclampsia
- Course on the Evidence-Based Management of Preeclampsia and Eclampsia
- Hypertension Safety Bundle
- Consensus Statement on Severe Hypertension During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period
- Patient Safety Bundle on Severe Hypertension in Pregnancy