Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

Join our Twitter chat on pregnancy

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Pregnancy chatAre you pregnant? Do you have questions about pregnancy? Join us on Thursday, August 28th at 2pm EDT for a Twitter chat and get your questions answered.

We will be joining the National Institute of Child Health and Human development (@NICHD_NIH) and the Federal Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health (@FDAWomen) to discuss:

• common pregnancy myths
• how to reduce health problems during pregnancy
• how long your pregnancy should last
• important info about labor and delivery

Jump in the conversation any time to ask questions or tell us your story.  Follow #pregnancychat.

We hope to see you then!

If you have questions, feel free to email us at AskUs@marchofdimes.org.

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Twitter chat on preeclampsia- how it affects you and your baby

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

texting2Ever wonder why your provider takes your blood pressure and has you pee in a cup at every prenatal visit?  Ever heard of preeclampsia? It is a serious complication of pregnancy that can affect you and your baby. If you are worried about it or have had it, join us tomorrow for our pregnancy chat on Preeclampsia.  We are glad to partner with the Preeclampsia Foundation.

It’s on Twitter tomorrow, May 29th at 1pm ET.  Just follow # PreAM14. Jump into the conversation at any time to ask questions or tell us your experience. We hope to see you then!

Pregnancy Chat on Preeclampsia

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Ever wonder why they take your blood pressure and have you pee in a cup at every prenatal visit?  Ever heard of preeclampsia?  If you are worried about it or have had it, join us tomorrow for our pregnancy chat on Hypertension, Preeclampsia, and HELLP Syndrome.  We will be having a special guest from the Preeclampsia Foundation joining us.     

It’s on Twitter May 11th at 3pm EDT.  Just follow #pregnancychat to learn about the complications of high blood pressure in your pregnancy. Jump into the conversation at anytime to ask questions or tell us your experience.  The Health Information Specialists at the Pregnancy & Newborn Health Education Center will be on hand to explain and respond in 140 characters or less.  Follow us @marchofdimes for pregnancy tips in English or @nacersano for pregnancy tips in Spanish.  Follow @preeclampsia too!

Mom ‘tweets’ during childbirth

Monday, March 8th, 2010

81071382_thbI caught a fascinating story the other night on the news – a woman documented her entire labor as it unfolded on Twitter. She put her Blackberry down only for about 20 minutes during the actual delivery. What do you think of that? I’m all for social media, but if someone handed me my Blackberry while I was in labor I probably would have smashed it against the wall. My labor came on so suddenly we didn’t have time to inform our families that I was on the way to the hospital let alone hop on Twitter and give a play by play. I say…good for her though! By reaching out to her followers she had something else to focus on other than the discomforts of labor. Maybe it provided her with the continuous labor support that she needed and made her feel empowered. Would you ‘tweet’ during childbirth?

Congenital heart defects

Friday, December 18th, 2009

There have been some painful posts and resulting discussion this week on congenital heart defects (CHD) on Twitter. So I thought it would be a good idea to provide some background information about these conditions and what the March of Dimes is doing to help.

About 35,000 infants (1 out of every 125) are born with heart defects each year in the United States. The term congenital heart defect is a general term used to describe many types of rare heart disorders. The term congenital heart defect is not a diagnosis in itself. Some of the most common heart defects include: patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), septal defects, coarctation of the aorta, heart valve abnormalities, tetralogy of fallot, transposition of the great arteries, and hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Click here to learn more.

Over the past ten years, the March of Dimes has invested over $36 million in heart related research, including CHDs.  A number of scientists funded by the March of Dimes are studying genes that may underlie specific heart defects. The goal of this research is to better understand the causes of congenital heart defects, in order to develop ways to prevent them. Grantees also are looking at how environmental factors (such as a form of vitamin A called retinoic acid) may contribute to congenital heart defects. One grantee is seeking to understand why some babies with serious heart defects develop brain injuries, in order to learn how to prevent and treat them.

If you have questions or concerns about a specific birth defect, please drop us a note at AskUs@marchofdimes.org and we’ll gladly provide you with information.