STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

Up to 600 stillborn babies a year ‘are dying needlessly because of blunders by doctors and midwives’

  • Doctors and midwives accused of failing to intervene when babies become distressed in the womb
  • Inquiry was commissioned by the Department of Health and conducted by Oxford University
  • Comes as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt launches drive to halve the number of stillbirths and deaths among new babies and mothers
  • UK had one of the highest rates of stillbirth in Europe in 2013

A confidential inquiry commissioned by the Department of Health is set to reveal that the lives of half of all stillborn babies could be saved every year in the UK. The report accuses doctors and midwives of failing to intervene in enough cases when the fetus is distressed in the womb, resulting in 600 avoidable deaths every year.

Approximately 1,200 babies are stillborn every year, but the inquiry conducted by Oxford University is expected to reveal that in many cases the deaths could have been prevented by closer monitoring and intervention to deliver the baby before the complications became serious. It is not the first time research has shown that the deaths of some full-term babies could be avoided, something campaigners have been keen to highlight for years.

Janet Scott, research and prevention head at Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, said: ‘If you knew that there were hundreds of avoidable deaths from some particular cause among infants or children or even adults, people would take that very seriously and that would be addressed. ‘It is mystifying that this doesn’t apply to this group of babies. ‘Very often, the things that go wrong are due to failure to identify risk during pregnancy and failure to act on a risk that has been identified.’

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3319616/Up-600-stillborn-babies-year-dying-needlessly-blunders-doctors-midwives.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Devastated parents ask – Why didn’t Dudley’s Russells Hall Hospital perform caesarian?

A woman whose daughter was stillborn says she was refused a Caesarian despite raising her concerns that her baby was in distress.

And Jennie Collins says she was put in a ‘filthy’ room with blood spots on the sink and in the toilet and a bin full of medical waste while she waited to deliver tragic Layla having been told the devastating news. Now the 31-year-old and her fiancé Daniel Davenport, aged 35, are demanding answers from Dudley’s Russells Hall Hospital after their daughter was stillborn, despite asking for a Caesarian section. And the couple have told of their concerns over how they were looked after, including how they were told they should drink water from a tap labelled for hand washing only.

They are now considering legal action while the Dudley Group of Hospitals, which insists the room was cleaned before, during and after Miss Collins was in there, has appointed an executive director to investigate.

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http://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-news/2015/06/17/devastated-parents-ask-why-didnt-hospital-perform-caesarian/

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Pictures from the couple show how the room looked

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NHS probes death of newborn babies cared for by private maternity firm

An investigation has been launched into the deaths of newborn babies cared for by a private maternity firm. The company, One to One Midwives, is being investigated by NHS England after the stillborn births of two babies. GPs across the region have been asked not to refer parents to the Warrington-based service while an investigation led by Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group is ongoing.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-probes-death-newborn-babies-4515630?

 

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