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I need your Help Please - Campaign for Stillbirth Investigations

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caroline2876 Mon 10-Aug-15 17:51:17

I hope everyone here can help make a small difference and support my petition for change. I appreciate everyone's time in reading the following;

In March 2014 we lost our daughter, Clara through inadequate Risk Assessment, missed Pre-eclampsia and ultimately Placental Abruption. My girl's story can be read in this months RCOG Each Baby Counts newsletter.

www.rcog.org.uk/en/guideline.../claras-story/

In memory of my daughter and for all the other babies who died in unexpected circumstances, I am hoping to raise a Government Debate in Parliament about whether coroners Inquests into Stillbirths should be granted to allow another area of investigation to help save more babies from dying unnecessarily. Our petition went live 7/8/15 an dwe have 400 signatures up to now but need more...

Not all deaths are due to medical failings, however adding this level of investigation can help spot any potential issues and take steps to Enforce Improvements.

Please spare a minute to sign our petition and support our petition for change;

petition.parliament.uk/petitions/104893

UK Stillbirth rate ranks 33rd out of 35 high income countries in Europe. This is heartbreaking and completely unacceptable.

A Coroners Inquest into every Stillbirth where Signs of Life are present during Labour may determine what lessons could be learned from the incidents to improve Patient Safety and provide Answers to families affected.

Thank you xx

bakingtins Tue 11-Aug-15 06:39:37

I'm so sorry that you lost your daughter flowers the link to the RCOG newsletter doesn't work so you may want to repost it. Do you mind my asking what investigations happen now following a stillbirth? are the parents offered tests or a post mortem? Is there any internal review of procedures?

3littlebadgers Tue 11-Aug-15 06:45:21

Done, in memory of your precious daughter, and my precious daughter stillborm in March this year.

VikingVolva Tue 11-Aug-15 07:01:35

How would this interact with the existing Confidential Enquiry? (The enquiries into all deaths - maternal, stillbirth and neonatal death).

That has been running for years, and I'd never heard it was inadequate. Does this proposal replace it?

BubGal13 Thu 13-Aug-15 15:07:20

Bump - & have signed, sorry for your loss and big love to you for campaigning for change like this xx

mrsdiddlydoo Fri 14-Aug-15 17:58:11

Done xx

Theoldshmoo Fri 14-Aug-15 18:02:07

Signed flowers

caroline2876 Sat 15-Aug-15 16:27:01

Apologies for the link not working;

www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/audit-quality-improvement/each-baby-counts/claras-story/

caroline2876 Sat 15-Aug-15 16:35:23

Hi bakingtins, thank you for signing. I appreciate everyones support here.

Currently you are offered a post mortem on your child and you have the option of a placental & cord pathology. The latter can often produce more results.

It is in the hands of the Trust as to whether they involve the coroners, however coroners currently have no jurisdiction in cases of stillbirth....possibly why there has been growing concern that more babies may be classed as stillborn regardless of possible signs of life after delivery.

If your Trust does hold an investigation, its normally done internally and can be biased. If you complain about level of care by a midwife, there is an LSA investigation which again can be biased as all carried out internally.

Personally, I believe any baby that shows signs of life right up to and during labour should have the right to an external investigation.

caroline2876 Sat 15-Aug-15 16:36:39

Thank you 3littlebadgers and we will make change on behalf of our lost children. My thoughts are with you xxxx

Andcake Sat 15-Aug-15 16:40:35

Done x

caroline2876 Sat 15-Aug-15 16:45:35

We have over 650 signatures in just 7 days of the petition going Live, Thank you all for your support xxxx

lauraa4 Sat 15-Aug-15 20:05:17

Signed x

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