County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is joining
forces with Smooth Radio and local charity campaigners to help
raise awareness of the importance of fetal movement during
pregnancy and help reduce the numbers of stillbirth.
The NHS Trust is working with 'Sands' - the stillbirth and
neonatal death charity - to support women during pregnancy to
understand what is normal for their baby's movement and to act
quickly if they notice any change of something 'just doesn't feel
Louise de Luen, Maternity Matron at County Durham and Darlington
NHS Foundation Trust said: "Every pregnancy is different and every
baby is different but by around 20 weeks an expectant mum will
start to feel her baby move and learn their baby's pattern of
movement. Our campaign aims to raise awareness of acting on any
change to this pattern and encourages expectant mums to trust their
instincts and feelings when it comes to their own baby.
"Often expectant mums might feel like they are over reacting or
that they don't want to bother us. As midwives we are using this
campaign to say that this is not the case. We would much rather be
contacted at any time and to be able to put a mum's mind at ease.
Our pregnancy assessment units are open 24 hours a day, seven days
a week with our friendly team of midwives available to offer advice
Across County Durham and Darlington, there were 16 stillbirths
in 2016/17 and the campaign also follows the launch of the
Government's national strategy in 2017 to reduce stillbirths by
half by 2025.
Ashleigh Corker, North East Network Coordinator at Sands said:
"The Durham and Wearside Sands support group wanted to become
involved in County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust's
important fetal movement campaign, as members of the group
understand that changes in fetal movement can be a strong indicator
that a baby may be unwell.
"We welcome the campaign and hope that the clear preventative
message provided will give expectant mothers and their families the
confidence to report changes in baby movements and know their
concerns will be listened to. Like many of the bereaved
mothers we speak to, I experienced a change in movements and things
did not feel right just before my son Thomas was stillborn at 39
weeks in 2007.
"We hope the campaign will help to reduce the number of 15
babies who die before, during and shortly after birth every day in
To help raise awareness of the campaign the NHS Trust is working
with Smooth Radio to host two events over the coming months. The
events are taking place on Friday 25th May in the
Cornmill Centre in Darlington and Sunday 8th July at
Dalton Park Shopping Centre.
Midwives from CDDFT are also organising a sponsored walk from
Shotley Bridge Community Hospital to University Hospital of North
Durham in support of the campaign. The walk will take place on
Saturday 23 June and is open to the public to join - there are more
details on the CDDFT website: www.cddft.nhs.uk or CLICK HERE
Published 22 May 2018
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