World Pre-eclampsia Day 2020


This World Pre-Eclampsia Day, 22nd May, APEC – along with other leading healthcare charities – are making sure that women understand the importance of blood pressure in their pregnancy.

Nearly 76,000 mothers and 500,000 babies worldwide lose their lives to preeclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy every year.

For the mother, complications can cause illness for an extended period of time and are strongly associated with the future development of a range of debilitating diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and renal impairment. Too many lives are taken – or seriously affected – by these disorders, underscoring the importance of symptom recognition, and timely and effective response by trained healthcare workers. This is especially true in areas where access to care is reduced.

Don’t miss: A blog from Dr Jenny Myers, St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester

APEC colleague Dr Jenny Myers has met six women with pre-eclampsia; this week, “a pretty standard week for me at the Manchester Maternal & Fetal Health Research Centre, St Mary’s Hospital.” Read Jenny’s blog post written for WorldPre-eclampsia day →


This World Pre-Eclampsia Day, we’re making sure that women understand the importance of blood pressure in their pregnancy and postpartum period – know how to check their blood pressure, know their numbers, and share with their midwife or GP.

Know how to CHECK your blood pressure.

KNOW the relationship between pregnancy and blood pressure.

SHARE with your midwife or GP about your blood pressure.

Need help or advice?

Call the APEC helpline on 01386 761 848, which is open Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 9.00pm. If you are pregnant and worried, or feel unwell, please contact your GP or midwife immediately.

Get involved

For over 30 years, we’ve supported thousands of women – and families – affected by pre-eclampsia. We’ve highlighted some of the many ways to your support for APEC and take part in the awareness raising events over the coming weeks.

APEC E-learning Online Learning

Online learning for health professionals

Our e-learning course – Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy – has been recently updated and carries CPD accreditation. It is designed for midwives, doctors and healthcare professionals caring for women with raised blood pressure in pregnancy.

Maternity and Midwifery Forum – Live stream

Join Professor Andy Shennan, Professor of Obstetrics at King’s College London and APEC Chair of Trustees, and other leading professionals on the The Midwifery Forum’s weekly live stream where he’ll be discussing on the role of midwives in preventing pre-eclampsia.

Visit our new YouTube channel

To celebrate World Pre-eclampsia day, APEC have launched a brand new YouTube channel this week packed with useful short films and advice for professionals and the public.
Have a look and subscribe to see the latest videos and tutorials.

JOIN in this World Pre-eclampsia Day!

On Friday 22nd May you can help spread the #CheckKnowShare message! Upload a photo of yourself checking your blood pressure at home at share it with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #CheckKnowShare.

Take part in research

One of the key roles of APEC is to be the patient voice in world class research. We have launched a research portal so researchers who need APEC and patients to get involved can quickly ask for our support and provide us with all the information we need to quickly act to help.