Welcome to Laurie’s Big Blog – August 2021

Every month we will identify the 6 most commonly asked questions about ectopic pregnancy and answer them. If you have any further questions which you cannot find answers to on the website, please can you contact us. 

How can I support research into preventing and treating ectopic pregnancy?

Research and publications in peer reviewed journals is obviously important. I have previously published a number of papers on ectopic pregnancy including one of the highest rates in the world literature, and another on the use of serial bHCG measurements and surgical management of ectopic pregnancy in a district general hospital (see the Bibliography page). The ectopic pregnancy foundation is keen to encourage and support research into both the diagnosis and also treatment.

How can I help raise money for the Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation?

At present we do not receive any central funding from the government or national health service but are reliant from donations from the general public. This has been done with fundraising events which have included marathons, tea parties, pub quiz nights and other activities. As you will appreciate, with the COVID pandemic these events no longer occur and funding streams have dried up making it difficult to run the charity and provide a service to the general public and health service professionals. We would much appreciate any activity that you could under take to provide much needed monetary support, please contact us if you can help.

How much money does the foundation need to raise per year to keep helping women and operate it’s emergency helpline?

The Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation receives no central funding and relies on donations from the public. Also, all four of trustees receive no financial renumeration and give all their time freely.
Money is needed to service and regularly update the website to ensure that it’s easy to navigate and find the information that you are looking for. Also, to ensure that the website is easy to find and that the content is relevant, up to date search engine optimisation is important. This allows us to add new content and regularly audit the website’s performance.

We also are the only United Kingdom registered medical charity that is solely concerned with ectopic pregnancy (there are many other charities for early pregnancy loss). We provide a 24 hour patient support helpline answered by health care professionals . The line is charged at local phone tariffs.

Depending on funding the ectopic pregnancy foundation would like to provide a counselling service

When is Ectopic Pregnancy Awareness Day?

Awareness week is 9 to 15 October 2021 and gives those affected by loss of an baby the opportunity to share their experiences and support each other in these difficult and traumatic times. The loss includes miscarriage and inter uterine demise as well as ectopic pregnancy. One of the ambitions of the Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation would be to sort up a day aimed at those whose lives have been affected by ectopic pregnancy.

What can I do to get involved in raising awareness for ectopic pregnancy?

It is important to raise awareness of ectopic pregnancy in both the general public and also health care professionals. This is because ectopic pregnancy can present in many different ways and may have few symptoms. It is a major cause of material morbidity and mortality. Diagnosing it early may mean that more women can be treated medically thus reducing hospitals admission with the disruption to family life and trauma to the children with maternal separation. Further, the reduction in hospital admission could save health services both money and resources.

To raise awareness, the Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation is working to further improve the website and its content to make it easier to access and view information in terms of what the symptoms are and what to do if you think that you have an ectopic pregnancy.

I am a survivor of ectopic pregnancy, how can I help the foundation?

As a survivor of ectopic pregnancy you are in a position to help others affected by an ectopic pregnancy. There are several things that you could do to help the Ectopic Pregnancy Foundation. The website has a section where people can share their experiences of ectopic pregnancy. This section has been found to be of great help and support and has had very positive feedback. Maybe you would like to submit a piece for the website on your experience of ectopic pregnancy? Also, as funding is tight you could arrange fundraising events, which would help us run the ectopic pregnancy foundation and provide a service to the general public and health care professionals ( see question 2 above or contact us for more information).