Such is the taboo around stillbirth, healthcare professionals hide the risk from parents, and don’t properly explain how they can keep their baby safer.
Death is not a 'complication'
Doctors and midwives talk often talk in code, rather than having a frank conversation.
Information is not proportionate to risk
Every mother receives extensive information about Down’s syndrome – but typically NOTHING about stillbirth, despite it being fatal and 4x more common for a 30yr old! No baby should die without parents being aware of the risk.
The correct information on babies movements saves lives.
Too often, mothers are given the wrong information about monitoring their babies movements. This is so prevelant that a charity needed to be established to correct the misinformation.
Hospitals need to listen to mums
The confidential enquiry into term stillbirths found evidence of a failure to respond appropriately to attendance and repeat attendance by women with reduced movements; either a lack of investigation, misinterpretation of the babies heart trace or a failure to respond appropriately to additional risk factors.