Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Preeclampsia is a dangerous condition of pregnancy that can, in its severest form, lead to maternal and/or infant mortality or premature birth with significant health risks for the mother and baby; and

Whereas More than 300,000 cases of preeclampsia are diagnosed in America every year with 25% classified as severe; and

Whereas Every 6 minutes of every day in America, a pregnant woman and her baby face life threatening consequences because of preeclampsia; and

Whereas By identifying the symptoms of preeclampsia, including spikes in maternal blood pressure, sudden swelling of feet, face, and hands, severe upper abdominal pain, blurred vision, we can help women recognize the condition and seek appropriate medical care; and

Whereas Through increased public awareness, Massachusetts seeks to minimize maternal and infant illness and death due to preeclampsia,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May, 2012,  to be

Preeclampsia Awareness Month

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this first day of March, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                     
Governor of the Commonwealth          

William Francis Galvin              
Secretary of the Commonwealth 

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts