May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month

About Preeclampsia Awareness Month 2024

May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month, and CMQCC and CPQCC are proud to stand in solidarity with March of Dimes, our California Hospitals, and community partners to actively address preeclampsia – a serious disease affecting pregnant individuals. Our collaborative effort is centered on promoting the use of daily low-dose aspirin for pregnant individuals at risk for preeclampsia. Low-dose aspirin, as recommended by a healthcare provider, is the only known effective solution to prevent preeclampsia. 

Preeclampsia is a serious disease during pregnancy, where high blood pressure and other complications can put the baby and pregnant person at risk. It affects about 4% of pregnancies in the United States and accounts for 6% of preterm births. Black birthing individuals are at greater risk for developing preeclampsia, due to heightened experiences of racism, further exacerbating disparities in maternal health outcomes.

Join us this month to help raise awareness about preventing preeclampsia and promote resources for pregnant persons, prenatal health care providers, and community stories. 

Be sure to check out our low-dose aspirin to prevent preeclampsia resource page and download our resource kit. 


May Preeclampsia Awareness Month Related Events

  • May 8 – Strengthening hospital-based perinatal equity initiatives by partnering with community-based organizations and people with lived experience | Wednesday, May 8th at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Hosted by the Preeclampsia Foundation. Register HERE.
  • May 22 – It Starts With Mom Live featuring Dr. Cherot, Diana E. Ramos, MD, MPH, MBA, FACOG, Surgeon General of California, Amanda Williams, MD, MPH, FACOG, Clinical Innovation Advisor, California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, and a mom who benefited from low dose aspirin. (12 pm PT)
  • May 22 – Low-Dose Aspirin (LDA) Campaign to Reduce Preeclampsia & Related Preterm Birth featuring Dr. Lindsay du Plessis. In observance of Preeclampsia Awareness Day, you’re invited to learn about the promotion of LDA to prevent preeclampsia and subsequent preterm birth for California’s women and birthing people. During this webinar, Dr. du Plessis will present best practices for respectful, compassionate discussion about risk factors for the development of preeclampsia with patients, tips for essential patient education, tools available in the Maternal Data Center (MDC) for tracking patient LDA usage, as well as the importance of patient voices and Community-Based QI Implementation. Register HERE.
  • May 29 – March of Dimes' MODCAST in conversation with Dr. Brice Gaudillière, a researcher at the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Stanford University, who'll highlight a new machine learning model that can, for the first time, identify exactly what elements of a woman's biology cause her to have an elevated risk for preterm birth or preeclampsia.  
  • May 30 – iHeart Media's MEternal Podcast with Dr. Cherot and iHeart's Kenya Gipson who will discuss how low dose aspirin can improve maternal health outcomes especially for moms and babies of color.