July 2016
PREECLAMPSIA FOUNDATION NEWS

Lessons learned from Preeclampsia IQ quiz
One new facet of the May 2016 Preeclampsia Awareness Month was our "Test Your Preeclampsia IQ" quiz. The community was challenged with answering five questions about preeclampsia-related knowledge. In all, 2,743 visitors came to www.preeclampsia.org/PreAM to take the quiz, with some incredibly fascinating results to show us where we need to improve educational knowledge about preeclampsia.

The Good
First of all, 95% of the quiz-takers got the correct answer to "What is preeclampsia?" Similar to the findings of the 2014 and 2015 BabyCenter Preeclampsia Awareness Survey, most people understand that preeclampsia is related to high blood pressure during or right after pregnancy. Additionally, 74% recognized that having preeclampsia during pregnancy was a risk factor for long-term heart disease. Of course, it helped that the PreAM landing page contained GREAT resources about these topics!

The Bad
There is still work to be done in raising awareness of the maternal mental health impact of preeclampsia. 69% of quiz-takers recognized that preeclampsia can lead to depression, anxiety, AND even post-traumatic stress disorder in new moms. An additional 26% recognized at least one of these mental health outcomes, although not all, with only 6% choosing "none of the above" as an answer. We know that the Preeclampsia Foundation must continue to be a leader in driving an open conversation around traumatic pregnancies and maternal mental health.

The Ugly
Not surprisingly, there is still a lot of confusion around the question "True or False: Delivery is the cure for preeclampsia." 58% of quiz-takers answered "True," while only 42% correctly recognized that although delivery starts the healing process, preeclampsia can still occur or continue into the postpartum period. For many postpartum preeclampsia survivors, this is an incredibly important awareness message to convey!

Finally, there is still much work to be done in helping patients identify the right symptoms of preeclampsia, while avoiding confusion about others that are not associated with the disease. Only 15% of quiz-takers identified high blood pressure, swelling of the hands and face, protein in the urine, blurred vision, and no symptoms as the correct responses.
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Welcome new Board of Director members! 
Jaime Nolan
Clement Pappas
The Preeclampsia Foundation extends a warm welcome to the newest members of our Board of Directors. Jaime Nolan and Clement Pappas bring years of expertise and experience to our Board, and we're excited that they're joining us on our mission to help save the lives of moms and their babies -- and to keep families whole. 
Applications now being accepted for Fall 2016 Preeclampsia Foundation Patient Advocates Summit  


 
The Preeclampsia Foundation is now accepting applications for our Fall 2016 Preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome Patient Advocates Summit. The Summit is taking place October 13  through October 15, 2016, at the Buena Vista Palace Resort in Orlando, Florida. The application deadline to attend is September 1, 2016.
 
The Summit is open to women who have experienced hypertension in pregnancy, such as preeclampsia, eclampsia or HELLP syndrome, or family members of patients who have been affected or lost to the disease. The Summit is intended for preeclampsia advocates who are serious about developing their skills in communication, storytelling, and preeclampsia knowledge to accomplish a greater mission of awareness and education in their local community. Attendees will be charged with taking the skills they have learned and returning to implement change in their local community on behalf of the cause.
Signs & Symptoms posters now available
Available in English and Spanish, this 12"x18" laminated poster illustrates the signs and symptoms of preeclampsia. The posters include brief descriptions and illustrations of the routine tests performed to help diagnose preeclampsia with an open block for providing local contact information or additional instructions pertinent to your healthcare system. If you wish to order more than 10, please contact info@preeclampsia.org or call our offices at 321.421.6957 for pricing.
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