17th November 2020
The Office for National Statistics reported a concerning rise in the number of stillbirths between April and June this year at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic. During this period there were 40 stillbirths recorded compared with 24 in the same period in 2019.
A Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch review is now taking place but there are a number of factors that experts feel could have attributed to the rise in stillbirths, including the unprecedented pressure that the NHS is under, the stress of mothers navigating birth during uncertain times and also the fear of visiting hospitals and GP surgeries during the height of the pandemic.
A Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists survey of UK obstetric units also estimates that during April 2020, 70% of units had reduced antenatal appointments. NHS Trusts have now been urged to avoid deploying midwives and maternity staff to other departments during the second wave of the pandemic.
It is important to ensure that risks are minimised to avoid a second spike in stillbirths. Experts in this field have provided the following advice to all expectant mothers:
Although it is rare, sometimes a stillbirth results from negligent treatment. This can occur when a pregnancy has not been properly managed, a failure to monitor during labour or where there has been a traumatic birth.
Our experienced team have assisted many families who have tragically suffered a stillbirth. They can provide support, guide people through the complaint process, assist with an Inquest, help review processes to try and avoid this happening to another family and assist if there is a clinical negligence claim.
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