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SANDS stillbirth charity calls for special maternity care for bereaved mothers

In support of bereaved families who have lost a baby – and as part of its 2021 Awareness Month - leading stillbirth charity SANDS is calling for improvements to maternity care for pregnant women who have previously suffered a stillbirth or neonatal death.

The #AlwaysThere campaign highlights that continuity of care for bereaved mothers 'through pregnancy, birth and afterwards' is particularly important to help parents deal with emotional and psychological difficulties they may experience when they are pregnant again. The charity says the 'Continuity of Carer' approach helps save babies' lives as well as protecting the safety of mothers and their partners.

SANDS' #AlwaysThere campaign is also a reminder that the impact of losing a baby is life long, and that going through a future pregnancy can be a frightening experience for many parents. It is therefore vital that parents going through future pregnancies are not only offered the right care for them and their baby, but that they have the ability to choose the same maternity team.

Every day in the UK, parents face the devastating ordeal of losing a baby, with some stillbirths or neonatal deaths being unavoidable, which only adds to the tragedy.

We currently act for a couple who's baby died within hours of being delivered, following failures by the defendant Trust to provide reasonable care during the claimant's labour and delivery of her baby. The Trust has admitted full liability and accepted that failings in care caused the baby's death.

While the admission of liability provides some answers to the parents, it by no means makes the tragedy any easier to deal with. These parents have commenced IVF treatment in the hope of having another baby, but this has not been without its difficulty, both emotionally and financially. We have secured interim payment to help towards the IVF treatment and private obstetric costs.

Fieldfisher's medical negligence team specialises in cases involving stillbirth and neonatal death as a result of mistakes during a mother's labour and delivery.

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