Epilepsy Action resource for women with epilepsy has received a ‘highly commended’ award at a patient information awards ceremony. Launched earlier this year, the resource aims to make mums-to-be with epilepsy aware of issues that might affect their pregnancy
Epilepsy Action’s Pregnancy diaries was produced this year as part of the organisation’s HealthE mum-to-be campaign. The campaign included a variety of information resources designed to improve the care, support and advice given to pregnant women with epilepsy.
One of those resources was the Pregnancy diaries – a one-off magazine-style book that offers information about pregnancy in the form of interviews. These interviews outline the experiences of six mums with epilepsy. These mums both share their concerns about their pregnancies and explain how they coped with their condition.
This year, the Pregnancy diaries was entered into the 2013 British Medical Association (BMA) Medical Book and Patient Information Awards. The resource was given a ‘highly commended’ award.
A member of the judging panel said: “I’m positive this resource is like a breath of fresh air for women with epilepsy (planning to have a baby or pregnant). The images give the feeling that one should treat epilepsy as normal and healthy (despite the necessary extra health worries and checks).
“Reading this, I get the feeling there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. This book is very much about maintaining a good quality of life and enjoying pregnancy despite living with epilepsy.”