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Raising Awareness of Pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia is the most common of the serious pregnancy conditions, affecting 1 in 5 first time mums and 1 in 10 pregnancies overall. This means that around 70,000 families every year in the UK and roughly 420 at Saint Mary’s Hospital are affected. Unfortunately, the first time that many pregnant women hear of the condition is when they are rushed into hospital in an emergency, as if left undetected and untreated, pre-eclampsia can be life threatening for both mother and baby. Action on Pre-eclampsia have arranged to supply Saint Mary’s Hospital with free leaflets for a year which will be distributed to pregnant women attending the ante-natal unit and for women who have been affected by pre-eclampsia. They have been funded by The Manchester Guardian Society. Mike Rich, Chief Executive of Action on Pre-eclampsia says: “We chose Saint Mary’s as it has the highest number of deliveries in the area. We approached a number of local Charitable Trusts to ask if they would pay for our leaflets to be provided to the maternity unit to alert pregnant women to the signs and symptoms of the condition, stress the importance of attending ante-natal appointments for regular check-ups and where they could go to get help and support if they had been affected. The Manchester Guardian Society Charitable Trust responded to our appeal and have kindly funded the provision of 4 of our leaflets – nearly 10,000 in total, enough for every pregnant women attending the unit to receive potentially life-saving information over a year.”