Content Summary

Chapter 1: What is pre-eclampsia?
Scene-setting chapter focusing on how pre-eclampsia is defined, who it affects and current and future research challenges.

Chapter 2: What we know about pre-eclampsia
A comprehensive picture of the condition, including risk factors, signs and symptoms and how the illness develops and progresses.

Chapter 3: Screening, prevention and treatment
What doctors and midwives can do to keep mothers and babies safe through careful screening and effective treatment, as well as prospects for preventing the illness or reducing risk.

Chapter 4: Pre-eclampsia – the woman’s experience
A look at pre-eclampsia through the lens of women’s experiences, from the earliest signs of the condition to birth and beyond, focusing on the physical and emotional impact of pre-eclampsia on women and their partners and what midwives can do to help and support them at every stage.

Chapter 5: The antenatal safety net and why it sometimes fails
The vital role of antenatal care in identifying women at risk of pre-eclampsia and ensuring timely detection of the illness through careful monitoring.

Chapter 6: Diagnosis and afterwards
The challenges involved in diagnosing pre-eclampsia and a look at all aspects of management up to and beyond the birth.

Chapter 7: The midwife’s role in pre-eclampsia
The midwife’s role in assessing risk for pre-eclampsia, detecting the earliest signs, working with specialists to provide care after diagnosis and providing vital support for women and their partners.

Chapter 8: How women can help themselves
How women can understand and reduce their risk of pre-eclampsia, recognise and act on signs and symptoms, and work with health professionals to achieve the best outcomes for themselves and their babies.

Chapter 9: Your questions answered
Answers to a wide range of questions commonly asked about pre-eclampsia, from causes to feelings, from treatment to research, from signs and symptoms to long-term health implications.