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Tragically, women still die from complications experienced during pregnancy and childbirth. In the United States, three of the leading causes of these deaths are Preeclampsia, Embolism (pulmonary) and Post-partum hemorrhage.

Together, these three causes spell “PEP.” You can help in the fight to ensure a healthy pregnancy by making sure your loved ones “Have a PEP Talk” with their doctors and/or other healthcare professionals about potential pregnancy complications.

Who should you tell about PEP Talk?
Anyone pregnant or considering becoming pregnant – and their family members – so you can be sure they are talking to their healthcare professional about potential pregnancy complications. Any woman can be at risk for pregnancy complications, so it’s important to share information and raise awareness. A simple statement – like “I recently learned that pregnant women can be at risk for some serious complications. Next time you’re at the doctor, be sure to ask about this” – could make a difference.

Having a PEP Talk with your healthcare professional
It’s important to talk to your healthcare professional about pregnancy complications, risk factors and warning signs. Some key questions include:

  1. What are the leading complications that can be experienced during pregnancy that I should be aware of?
  2. What are the risk factors associated with these complications?
  3. Is there anything I can do to reduce my risk?
  4. What are the warning signs that I or my family should look out for?

 


Pledge to ask someone you love to have a PEP Talk with their healthcare professional to help inform more people about leading pregnancy complications.

  

PEP Talk Tools & Resources
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  • PEP Talk Infographic
  • PEP Talk Factsheet

     PEP Talk Gallery

      
      





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  • Once upon a birthShare your birth story today to help us raise awareness about maternal mortality. For every story shared, Merck will make a donation to Join My Village, a program from CARE that empowers women and girls and supports safe pregnancies and childbirths.

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Merck for Mothers is committed to supporting eligible non-profit organizations dedicated to improving maternal health around the world. Beyond our current country programs, we will update funding opportunities as our portfolio of projects continues to develop. In the meantime, we invite you to reach out to us for further information on partnering.

Have a PEP Talk

Tragically, women still die from complications experienced during pregnancy and childbirth. In the United States, three of the leading causes of these deaths are Preeclampsia, Embolism (pulmonary) and Post-partum hemorrhage.

You can help in the fight to ensure a healthy pregnancy by making sure your loved ones "Have a PEP Talk" with their doctor and/or other healthcare professional about potential pregnancy complications.

  • Once upon a birthHelp us make sure that no birth story goes untold. Share your birth story today to help us raise awareness about maternal mortality. For every story shared, Merck makes a donation to Join My Village, a program from CARE that empowers women and girls and supports safe pregnancies and childbirths.

Merck for Mothers is committed to supporting eligible non-profit organizations dedicated to improving maternal health around the world. Beyond our current country programs, we will update funding opportunities as our portfolio of projects continues to develop. In the meantime, we invite you to reach out to us for further information on partnering.