Birdies for Babies
In partnership with Pelican Women’s Championship

Help us reach our goal of raising $50,000 to fund home-monitoring blood pressure kits for women at highest risk of developing preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. This project will help address some of the disparities in health outcomes that underserved and minority pregnant women experience with decreased access to prenatal care and higher rates of pregnancy mortality and morbidity related to gestational hypertension.

Facts About Gestational Hypertension (High-Blood Pressure during Pregnancy)

  • Gestational hypertension during pregnancy and after delivery is one of the leading causes of mothers becoming ill or dying and affects 1 in 12 pregnancies.
  • Early detection and ongoing monitoring of blood pressure at home leads to improved outcomes.
  • The current COVID-19 crisis has limited access to prenatal care and racial disparities in access and outcomes have been exacerbated.
  • Home monitoring of blood pressure allows a provider to monitor the patient for changes in blood pressure, including dangerous elevations that can increase maternal morbidity and mortality.
  • The funding will provide a kit to moms, including a validated blood pressure device, educational tools around signs and symptoms, postpartum risk, “How to take your own blood pressure” information sheet and video, blood pressure log tracker, and additional evidence-based information online.

The Pelican Women's Championship, which will be contested Nov. 11-14, 2021, features the stars of women’s professional golf competing at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla. To give back to the local community, the Pelican Women’s Championship has pledged to donate $50 for every birdie scored during all four rounds to BayCare’s Morton Plant Hospital Women’s Services, located in the hospital’s Doyle Tower.

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