Course Overview


This Course will address the clinical significance and management of preeclampsia and its complications. A real-life case study will also be presented to reinforce the information presented in this activity.

Learning Outcomes

  • State the features of preeclampsia, eclampsia and HELLP
  • Explain both the prophylactic and curative treatment of preeclampsia
  • Identify the particular risk factors for preeclampsia
  • List the complications of preeclampsia and differential diagnosis

Topics include:

  • What can go wrong in pregnancy?
  • Overview of preeclampsia, eclampsia and HELLP syndrome
  • Treatment options
  • Management and mode of delivery

Target audience

Predominately designed for midwives, but may also be applicable to other health practitioners working in a setting whereby they may encounter a woman with preeclampsia.


Familiarise health professionals with the clinical significance and management of the woman affected by preeclampsia and its complications.


Midwives may be the first to identify preeclampsia and must be alert to this potentially dangerous condition and how to prevent complications. The midwife is likely to have to undertake the emergency management of this condition and any complications. A recent study indicated that 51% of women in America are unaware of preeclampsia, with 78% lacking awareness of the symptoms of this condition. Preeclampsia can affect up to 15% of pregnancies, as well as be responsible for 15-20% of maternal mortality. Further, the definition, diagnosis and management of preeclampsia have recently been updated following a report from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ACOG).

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.