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RCM comments on pre-eclampsia research

21 July, 2015

RCM comments on pre-eclampsia research

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Research to be published tomorrow in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG) reports on how levels of biomarkers in the blood of pregnant women can be used to predict which women are at risk of pre-eclampsia.

Mervi Jokinen, Practice and Standards Professional Advisor at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “This is interesting research on a common condition in pregnancy which is usually easily treated and managed. However, it does need to be taken very seriously because in its severe form pre-eclampsia can have serious and harmful effects on the mother and baby.

“Early identification of those women who may be predisposed to it could be valuable. This is a small but encouraging study and more research is needed. Other issues like timing and cost-effectiveness of universal screening also need to be looked at addressed.

“Midwives work in partnership with women and being able to give women the relevant information will encourage women to be more vigilant for any signs and symptoms of pre-eclampsia and contact their midwife early for further assessment.”

To contact the RCM Press Office call 020 7312 3456 or email pressofficer@rcm.org.uk.

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The RCM is the only trade union and professional association dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. We provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences and online resources. For more information visit the RCM website at https://www.rcm.org.uk/.

 

 

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