Women's experiences of preeclampsia: Australian action on preeclampsia survey of women and their confidants.
AuthorEast, C; Conway, K; Pollock, W; Frawley, N; Brennecke, S
Source TitleJournal of Pregnancy
AffiliationObstetrics and Gynaecology
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsEast, C., Conway, K., Pollock, W., Frawley, N. & Brennecke, S. (2011). Women's experiences of preeclampsia: Australian action on preeclampsia survey of women and their confidants.. J Pregnancy, 2011, pp.375653-. https://doi.org/10.1155/2011/375653.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access at PMChttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3087153
INTRODUCTION: The experience of normal pregnancy is often disrupted for women with preeclampsia (PE). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Postal survey of the 112 members of the consumer group, Australian Action on Pre-Eclampsia (AAPEC). RESULTS: Surveys were returned by 68 women (61% response rate) and from 64 (57%) partners, close relatives or friends. Respondents reported experiencing pre-eclampsia (n = 53), eclampsia (n = 5), and/or Hemolysis, Elevated Liver enzymes, and Low Platelets (HELLP syndrome) (n = 26). Many women had no knowledge of PE prior to diagnosis (77%) and, once diagnosed, did not appreciate how serious or life threatening it was (50%). Women wanted access to information about PE. Their experience contributed substantial anxiety towards future pregnancies. Partners/friends/relatives expressed fear for the woman and/or her baby and had no prior understanding of PE. CONCLUSIONS: The PE experience had a substantial effect on women, their confidants, and their babies and affected their approach to future pregnancies. Access to information about PE was viewed as very important.
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