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Postby tom-pf-exd » Mon May 12, 2008 09:33 am

As many of you know, the Foundation conducted an on-line survey throughout the month of April regarding preeclampsia awareness. The press release, a summary of the raw data (with some comments), and a graphic "What You Need to Know About Preeclampsia," are all available with a simple click from our website's home page.

I want to thank everyone who participated and especially those who helped encourage others to participate . . . we actually had almost 1400 respondants.

The data were very clear -- when a pregnancy did not go to term . . . the women who knew more about preeclampsia were twice as likely to have a positive outcome. Obviously, many other factors may have an impact on the results of any particular pregnancy -- and there is no doubt that, in some cases, all the knowledge in the world would not have made a difference in the outcomes. Still, we feel very strongly, that the survey underscores our "mantra" that an informed mother-to-be is a better partner in her wellness care and that will generally lead to more positive results.

As a Foundation, our recommendation is simple -- every pregnant woman should receive information about preeclampsia at every prenatal visit to her health care provider. It is inexpensive, effective, and can reduce negative outcomes.

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