Blue Band Initiative

The Blue Band Initiative is a project to improve awareness, recognition and management of preeclampsia.

Postpartum preeclampsia is a serious condition that involves developing high blood pressure following childbirth. A woman is at risk of postpartum preeclampsia for up to 6 weeks after delivery.

Preeclampsia: a multi-system progressive disorder characterized by hypertension and evidence of organ injury.

The blue band’s message is bilingual, with English on one side and Spanish on the other.

Complications from postpartum preeclampsia include:

  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Organ Damage
  • Death

What does it mean for the patient?

If a woman is given a blue wrist band or medical card before or after delivery, this means she is at higher risk for postpartum pre-eclampsia.

Symptoms of postpartum preeclampsia include:

  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Swelling of the hands and face
  • Seeing spots before your eyes
  • Headaches
  • Shortness of breath

When would a patient wear the band?

Any time between 20 weeks and up to 6 weeks postpartum when identified.

How can someone prevent postpartum preeclampsia?

  • Have a follow-up appointment with their doctor within 2-5 days of delivery for a blood pressure check.
  • Keep all recommended follow-up appointments with your doctor.
  • If they experience symptoms, they should call their doctor or go to the emergency room and report that they recently gave birth.

For more information please visit the Preeclampsia Foundation.