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Lack of Support for Families Following a Stillbirth

Author: Daxa Patel  Bullet  Dated: 16/02/2016

It has recently been reported by a government health minister that bereavement services for families who have lost babies through stillbirth, or whose babies died shortly after birth, are not offering adequate support. Read more>>

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Transplant Hope for Infertile Women

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 05/10/2015

A major development for infertile women comes as ethical approval is permitted for 10 women in the UK to receive a womb transplant in the hope of being able birth to their own child. Read more>>

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Group B Strep – What You Should Know

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 10/07/2015

July is Group Strep B (GBS) awareness month, a GBS infection can be life threatening and have a devastating effect with long term physical disabilities for those babies that survive. Read more>>

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Walsall Mother Wins 6 Figure Pay-out Following Poor Treatment After Labour

Author: Sarah Holdsworth  Bullet  Dated: 26/06/2015

A young mother whose post-natal stitches caused two years of pain and embarrassment has finally won compensation from the hospital trust that treated her. Read more>>

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Nerve Damage at Birth

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 11/06/2015

Back in May, Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day concentrated on #mymilestones, sharing what those with spinal injuries have achieved post injury. Often, the spinal injuries suffered by children at birth result in lifelong injuries. Read more>>

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Support For Children Who Have Suffered a Brain Injury at Birth

Author: Daxa Patel  Bullet  Dated: 21/05/2015

As this week is Action for Brain Injury Week, we're hoping to raise awareness of brain injuries that children can suffer at birth, and how families can get the help and any legal support they need. Caring for a child with brain damage is physically and emotionally exhausting, almost financially impossible and can be a very isolated world. Read more>>

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Tears During Childbirth

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 13/05/2015

According to the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, 90% of women tear during childbirth. For any mother, this can be a daunting time. Read more>>

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Neonatal Infection

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 12/01/2015

NICE recently (December 2014) updated guidance for healthcare providers on the use of antibiotics to prevent and treat infection in newborn babies (both term and preterm) from birth to 28 days. Read more>>

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Doctors To Be More Aware Of Wider Health During Pregnancy

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 09/12/2014

Almost one in 100 UK births leads to a stillbirth or newborn death and up to 100 women die each year during or just after pregnancy. Read more>>

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Is Cerebral Palsy 'Just One of Those Things'?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 23/09/2014

According to the NHS, 1 in 400 children who are born and survive have cerebral palsy, sometimes referred to as 'CP'. There are a number of reasons why your child would have developed CP but, is it just one of those things? Read more>>

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Group B Streptococcus – Raising Awareness to Save Young Lives

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 01/07/2014

July is International Group B Streptococcus awareness month. Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a naturally occurring bacterium found in both men and women, usually without symptoms. Read more>>

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Gestational Diabetes and Your Child

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 18/06/2014

Gestational diabetes appears when you are pregnant. Up to 5 in every 100 women in England and Wales will present with the condition, making it more common than most women are aware of. Read more>>

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Is There Such Thing as a Straightforward Birth?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 16/06/2014

"Yes, my birth was easy, it was over so quick". "I had no complications, the doctor's said it was a perfect birth". "I had some tearing but they said that was normal". These are all phrases you hear from friends who have given birth. Read more>>

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£5 million Payout for Birth Injury After More Than 20 years

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 07/02/2014

A woman, deprived of oxygen at birth has been awarded £5 million in compensation for her injuries, according to reports from a local London newspaper. Read more>>

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I was sent home after a traumatic birth and developed a bad infection due to an unfixed tear. What is my case for medical negligence?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 10/12/2013

Giving birth is usually an experience that many women will plan for. Every mother is encouraged to create a birth plan however, due to the nature of giving birth, not all birth plans can be put into practice. Read more>>

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Parents seek answers over death of daughter

Author: Stephanie Forman  Bullet  Dated: 22/11/2013

Parents seek answers over death of daughter and her baby. Clinical negligence blamed for death of 26-year old pregnant girl. Read more>>

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Justice for parents who lost their 18-day old baby

Author: Stephanie Forman  Bullet  Dated: 22/11/2013

Simpson Millar's clinical negligence team secures six-figure compensation for parents. Read more>>

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Was Your Maternity Care Up To Scratch?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 15/11/2013

Women are being turned away from maternity wards up and down the country because there simply isn't enough room according to evidence from the National Audit Office (NAO). Read more>>

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Can I Choose Where I Give Birth?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 04/10/2013

If you and your baby are well and have been throughout your pregnancy, you can choose to have your baby at any one of the following:

  • At home
  • In the hospital
  • A birth centre or midwife-led birth unit
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Do You Have a Right to Medical Assistance When Giving Birth?

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 04/10/2013

Many women experience birth injuries which can cause distress to them and their children. Often, birth injuries are a direct result of not receiving the medical care or treatment you deserve. Read more>>

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New Pre-Eclampsia Test Could Lead to Earlier Diagnosis

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 09/09/2013

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects women in the second half of their pregnancy. It can lead to fatal consequences for the mother and unborn child if left untreated. Early warning signs of the condition are high blood pressure and protein in the urine. Read more>>

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Postnatal care to be Standardised for Mothers and Babies

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 30/07/2013

NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has produced a report which makes recommendations to improve and standardise the postnatal care new mothers and babies receive. The aim of these recommendations is to concentrate on a mother-centred approach and to bring harmony to both mother and child during the postnatal period for 6-8 weeks. Read more>>

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Emergency 'C' sections might affect future pregnancies, says study

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 15/07/2013

According to a new Irish university report, emergency Caesarean deliveries can threaten future pregnancies, with a risk that babies conceived later could be stillborn. Read more>>

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Babies may be born deaf and blind if mother didn’t have MMR jab

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 28/06/2013

The measles outbreak in South Wales has raised concerns about the longer term impact of young people not being protected against rubella and mumps. Read more>>

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Medical mistakes as pregnant mother dies after having ovary removed

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 18/06/2013

A pregnant mother with appendicitis died in hospital after 2 unsupervised trainee surgeons mistakenly removed one of her ovaries. Read more>>

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New ‘More Sensitive’ Test for Down’s Syndrome in Pregnancy

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 17/06/2013

Researchers at King’s College London have developed a new and more accurate test for Down’s syndrome in unborn babies. The test will use foetal DNA in the pregnant mother’s blood and will be a more definitive way of detecting whether the unborn baby has Down’s syndrome. Read more>>

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Medical Mistakes Led to Swab Being Left inside a New Mum

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 14/06/2013

A mother who gave birth at Bath’s Royal United Hospital has had a medical swab removed 10 days after hospital staff left it inside her. Read more>>

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Younger women urged not to miss cervical screening

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 13/06/2013

A third of women aged 25 to 29 ignore or delay their cervical screening invitation, despite cervical cancer being the most common cancer amongst under-35 year olds in the UK. Read more>>

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New pre-eclampsia test could spot mothers at risk

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 29/05/2013

A new way of assessing whether pregnant women are at risk from pre-eclampsia is in development at King's College London. Read more>>

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Furness General Hospital faces legal action over baby and maternal deaths and high levels of infection

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 17/05/2013

Furness General Hospital has come under investigation following record numbers of infections and baby and maternal deaths. More than 30 families are taking legal action against Furness General Hospital for medical negligence, which they believe lead to fatalities. Read more>>

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£12 million+ settlement approved for home birth disaster

Author: Neil Fearn Bullet  Dated: 08/05/2013

Simpson Millar has secured a clinical negligence claim against University College London Hospitals for an infant whose home birth went disastrously wrong. Read more>>

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Medical Negligence Lawyer secures damages worth £70million for families in just over 18 months

Author: Neil Fearn Bullet  Dated: 02/05/2013

Clients herald one of the UK's most successful Medical Negligence Lawyers.

In just over 18 months, Simpson Millar has successfully concluded 50 complex medical negligence cases – one every 2 weeks – and recovered £70million worth of damages for victims of medical negligence. Read more>>

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Dangers of swaddling and hip dysplasia

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 09/04/2013

Talking on a recent Radio 4’s flagship Today programme in March, Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon Professor Nicholas Clarke considered the effect of swaddling among the children he sees in his busy clinic at Southampton General Hospital. Read more>>

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Premature Labour and St Thomas' Hospital

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 04/04/2013

Around 1 in 12 pregnant women will go into premature labour - that is around 60,000 every year in the UK. If a baby arrives just a few weeks early then the prognosis is generally excellent, but if they arrive a few months or even earlier then the outlook can be very different. Read more>>

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UK health lacking in European Health League table

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 18/03/2013

Research published in the Lancet (the world's leading general medical journal) compared health data compiled over the last 20 years with figures from 18 other countries. Whilst life expectancy has risen by 4 years since 1990, the UK is lagging behind other countries. It states that the UK needs to increase its strategies for tackling preventable problems such as heart disease and stroke. A new division of the Department of Health, ‘Public Health England’, which will come into force in April 2013, advised that the report was a wake-up call. Read more>>

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Stafford Hospital nursing care under the spotlight again

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 06/03/2013

Last month the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) made a striking off order against a registered midwife, who was employed by Stafford Hospital as a healthcare support worker, after they found that she had physically pulled a patient out of the bathroom in a state of undress, and called him an animal that was no longer human. Read more>>

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