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Adriane Burgess PhD, RNC-OB, CCE, CNE, C-ONQS (she/hers)  
Director, Quality Improvement-Service Lines (Women and Children, Primary Care, Oncology)  Ob/Gyn Residency Research Director  

Awareness of preeclampsia can reduce its impact for families.  Two to eight percent of birthing parents have preeclampsia.  The old adage that “delivery is the cure for preeclampsia” can no longer be used because we know that preeclampsia exits in postpartum, too. In this episode, we will explore current research on preeclampsia and how parents and providers can use open communication about the topic to create the best outcomes.  Listen in to discover more about this hypertensive disorder of pregnancy and postpartum.   

Our guest, Adriane Burgess, has been a nurse for 25 years in a variety of maternal-child health settings, including labor and delivery and postpartum units, maternal fetal medicine practices, and childbirth education classes. She is certified in inpatient obstetrical nursing, as a childbirth educator,  in nursing education, and most recently, in obstetric and neonatal quality and safety. She completed her PhD in Nursing in 2017 and her dissertation research was a case control study that explored ABO blood phenotype and factors associated with preeclampsia subtype. Dr. Burgess works to actively publish and present her research and has won several awards. Her research interests include preeclampsia and cardiovascular risk and protective factors, innovative nursing education strategies, and maternal quality initiatives. 

Listen and Learn: 

  • Research on the current protocol to prevent preeclampsia  
  • How chronic hypertension impacts chances of getting preeclampsia 
  • How pre-pregnancy habits may decrease the risk  
  • The importance of “knowing your numbers” (blood pressure) even before pregnancy
  • The importance of creating a postpartum connection for women with eclampsia, including mental and emotional support
  • Lifelong health implications of preeclampsia for women 
  • The impact of breastfeeding on cardiovascular health and helping parents initiate and sustain breastfeeding, even if experiencing preeclampsia 
  • The program at Adriane’s facility that gives each woman who has preeclampsia a blood pressure cuff and app  

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