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Category Archives: Maternity

Nottingham City Hospital apologises after baby’s skull cut in Caesarean

Nottingham City Hospital apologises for the neglect and their “woefully inadequate” investigations after baby died following a cut to his skull during an emergency Caesarean section. The infant unfortunately died three hours after being born at the hospital in July 2013, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has now settled a claim of clinical negligence. The…
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Hospitals “in crisis” over maternity mistakes and lapses

Thousands of mothers and babies in England were significantly harmed by the lapses of maternity care in the past two years. Between April 2015 and March 2017 a whopping 276,000 incidents (equivalent to 1 in 5 births) were reported by extremely worried hospital staff. Even though most of them were minor/near misses, almost a quarter…
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Lack of funding threatens maternity services

MP’s have warned that there are not enough Midwives and maternity consultants in England to provide a universally safe maternity services. The reason for the lack in qualified staff is apparently down to funding cuts. These warnings have come after a report from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) confirmed that the nation is 2,300 midwives…
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Compensation for unborn child fails

Recently reported was a case of on behalf of a young child in which compensation was sought from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for injury caused to the child by the mother drinking alcohol during the pregnancy. Prior to this case it was well established that a foetus could not have a legal identity while…
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Woman told she had miscarriage in fact had healthy foetus

The University Hospital of Wales has been forced to apologise for flaws in the way it diagnosed miscarriage over many years. This follows the case of Emily Wheatley who was wrongly told that she had miscarried nine weeks into her pregnancy after a scan at the hospital. She went on to have a healthy baby…
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Maternity: one to one midwife care is safer and cheaper

According to a new study, one to one midwife care by the same midwife throughout pregnancy and during birth is as safe as shared maternity care and is significantly cheaper. Researchers have found that it costs, on average, £300 less if a woman is offered maternity care by the same midwife for the duration of…
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Maternity negligence claims costs NHS over a billion

Maternity negligence claims that cause injury to newborn babies or mothers have cost the NHS more than £3billion in the past 10 years. The report by the NHS Litigation Authority also highlighted that junior doctors and inexperienced midwives are often involved claims against the NHS which relate to maternity negligence. There were 542 cerebral palsy…
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Maternity negligence scandal

The maternity negligence scandal at Croydon University Hospital is to be laid bare in Court after a mother bled to death following an elective Caesarean section. The inquest into Mrs Rosida Etwaree’s death is expected to expose medical mistakes that led to her death whilst in the care of the Croydon hospital for a period…
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RCOG urge the closure of small maternity units to make childbirth safer

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has published a report todays urging the closure of small maternity units and give thousands of doctors new training to make childbirth safer. The report goes on to say that the NHS maternity system is unsustainable, and too often provides poor care at night as it is…
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Premature birth linked to abortion

Scientists have said that women who have had an abortion are more likely to have a premature birth from subsequent pregnancy than first time mum who had not previously had an abortion. But, the risk is less than women who have previously experienced a miscarriage. The findings are a result of the largest population study…
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