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The Pre-Eclampsia Society (PETS), an international non-profit organization, was founded in 1981 in the United Kingdom by an individual who experienced pre-eclampsia during her first pregnancy. The organization is dedicated to serving as a support and information society and is operated by those who themselves have experienced pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. Pre-eclampsia is a serious condition that may occur in females during the second half of pregnancy. The condition is characterized by high blood pressure (hypertension), abnormal fluid retention and associated swelling (edema), and the passage of abnormally increased levels of protein in the urine (proteinuria). Without appropriate treatment, pre-eclampsia may lead to eclampsia, which may be characterized by seizures, coma, and potentially life-threatening complications. The Pre-Eclampsia Society currently consists of approximately 400 members including individuals who have experienced pre-eclampsia in the past, those who are currently affected by the condition, medical professionals, and lay groups who have an interest in childbirth and pregnancy. The society offers a variety of programs and services including a library lending service, regular updates on current research, and networking opportunities that promote the exchange of mutual support, information, and resources. In addition, the society offers a variety of educational materials including brochures, pamphlets, reports, and a quarterly newsletter that contains members' letters and personal stories, members' questions and physicians' responses, and understandable information on pre-eclampsia.
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