Midwives from County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust are launching a campaign to raise
awareness of the importance of fetal movements during pregnancy to
help reduce stilbirths and raise awareness.
Our midwives took part in a
sponsored walk from Shotley Bridge Community Hospital to
University Hospital of North Durham to raise awareness
and funds to support the campaign.
55% of women who had a
stillbirth noticed their baby's movements had slowed down or
stopped but hadn't reported it.
There are many myths around baby
movements during pregnancy but the main message from our midwives
is - if you notice any change then get in touch straight
A baby moving during pregnancy
can be anything from a flutter, kick, swish or roll and these are a
sign that baby is well. When a baby is unwell, they may conserve
energy by slowing down their movements. This can be the first sign
of a problem.
If you notice any changes in your baby's
movements please ring 01325 74 3730 and this will take you through
to one of our pregnancy assessment units.
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital