This breaking news fits with the profile of cases where mums to be sought legal advice about their still births.
This study suggest that in 1/2 of cases where still birth occurs, concerns were raised with the midwives or medical team. The questions faced by any legal team investigating such a case, is what could the medical team do if an abnormality was found. if there can be a safe delivery at that point in gestation, a potential claim could be made in negligence. This however must be balanced about what is reasonable for a medical team to do.
If presented with adverse symptoms, but the accepted medical opinion would be to wait to see what happens, legal liability for the death of a foetus would not follow. This of course offers no consolation to the family at what is the most difficult time.
What helps the NHS win confidence is doing something if something can be done, and not doing nothing, and certainly not explaining whey they think no action can be taken.
The key is communication, and time allows for this to ensure in the hardest of times, no one feels let down.
The lives of hundreds of unborn babies could be saved if their mothers were given better care in pregnancy, according to a major report. More than 1,000 babies without any congenital abnormality die at or near term, before labour begins, in the UK every year. A team of experts reviewed in detail a representative sample of 85 of these stillbirths and found there were failures in the care of half of them. The team found that warning signs were missed. Half the pregnant women whose babies died had told medical staff they were worried that the baby in the womb was no longer moving. In half of those cases, either there was no investigation, the baby’s heart rate was monitored but misinterpreted or staff in the maternity unit failed to respond correctly to warning signs.