We are looking for salary funding to deliver education services for midwives in UK areas where inequalities of pregnancy care exist. There is a clear need for bespoke training on pre-eclampsia; such intervention could save the lives of 85 babies per year and improve women's long term outcomes.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1013557)
Pre-eclampsia is a potentially fatal disease of pregnancy affecting 70,000 women in the UK. Between 2015 and 2017, 5 women in the UK died from pre-eclampsia, with those from black/ethnic minority backgrounds and deprived areas most at risk. Pre-eclampsia needs to be taken seriously - it also causes the deaths of 1200 babies a year in the UK. There are specific areas where there are a disproportionate number of baby deaths and many women not receiving the safest care during their pregnancies.
For nearly 30 years APEC have provided quality education resources for midwives and all who look after pregnant women. We already have a successful study day model in place, training thousands of midwives a year. The next step is to deliver bespoke pre-eclampsia courses to areas where data suggests there are gaps in quality of care. The process of intervening where specifically needed will create a long-term culture of knowledge and confidence to successfully manage pre-eclampsia.
I had pre-eclampsia in my first pregnancy but felt ignored by my consultant and midwives. I had nearly all of the symptoms and became extremely unwell as weeks went on. The day we were supposed to be induced, we were told our baby had no heartbeat. She was stillborn and I nearly lost my life too.
The speakers have been easy to listen to and pitched at just the right level. I could listen to them all day, I have learnt so much. Thank you.
For those who become complacent in their job role, to be reminded of the patient’s perspective is always a good thing and a reminder of how important good communication is. The APEC study day taught me many things that will definitely inform my practise. Thank you.
.. test results showed that pre-eclampsia had become severe, affecting both the health of me and my baby and the only cure was to deliver the baby. This was a great shock to me as he was only 34 weeks. He was on a ventilator, incubator, had jaundice and a feeding tube. It was the hardest 2 weeks.
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