1. Witcher, Patricia M. MSN, RNC-OB
  2. Chez, Bonnie Flood MSN, RNC
  3. Baird, Suzanne McMurtry DNP, RN


Hypertension predisposes the woman and fetus to adverse outcomes during the pregnancy and postpartum. The risk for maternal complications and neonatal morbidity associated with the necessity of preterm birth extends beyond the postpartum and postnatal period. A comprehensive review of the multisystem effects of hypertensive disorders and underlying pathophysiology is provided to support the role of prompt identification of and management of acute complications of hypertension.