Improving pregnancy outcomes by engaging women in their own safety (the REACH-UK study)

Professor Jane Sandall, Professor Debra Bick, Dr Nicola Mackintosh, Wendy Carter

This project will explore the potential of providing women and their families with information about key stillbirth warning signs and what action they can take.

Several studies have shown that pre-eclampsia can escalate rapidly. We therefore need a way to identify early warning signs of the condition, which may allow earlier intervention. However, it can be difficult to raise awareness without also causing fear.

We want to understand the factors that prevent women from speaking up about the signs and symptoms of early pre-eclampsia or about health concerns raised by members of their social network, the response of health professionals they consult, and women’s awareness of the potential complications of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia in pregnancy, birth and in the period afterwards.

In the study, we will provide women and their families with personalised information about the key warning signs and what action to take; we will also provide health professionals with a programme to follow in response to alerts. The aim is to improve early detection and management of pre-eclampsia and therefore improve outcomes.

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