Care substandard at 39% of maternity units in England, NHS watchdog finds – The Guardian

‘Two out of five maternity units in England are providing substandard care to mothers and babies, the NHS watchdog has warned. “The quality of maternity care is not good enough,” the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said in its annual assessment of how health and social care services are performing.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2022

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Judge approves C-section for pregnant woman with mental health difficulties – The Independent

Posted October 20th, 2022 in birth, consent, mental health, news, pregnancy by sally

‘Doctors can carry out a caesarean section on a heavily pregnant woman with mental health difficulties without her approval if needed, a judge has ruled.’

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The Independent, 19th October 2022

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East Kent hospital baby deaths: Dr Bill Kirkup review to be published – BBC News

‘An independent review launched after up to 15 babies died at a hospital trust will be published later.’

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BBC News, 19th October 2022

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East Kent hospital baby deaths: Harry Richford’s family’s five-year fight for justice – BBC News

Posted October 18th, 2022 in bereavement, birth, children, families, hospitals, inquests, news by sally

‘The grandfather of a baby who died at a hospital that was fined over failings in the delivery has spoken of his five-year fight for justice.’

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BBC News, 18th October 2022

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Sheffield ultrasound clinic not giving expectant mothers safe care – CQC – BBC News

Posted August 12th, 2022 in birth, complaints, hospitals, news, pregnancy, quality assurance by tracey

‘An ultrasound clinic has been told to make improvements after failing to ensure expectant mothers receive “safe and effective care”.’

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BBC News, 12th August 2022

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East Kent NHS Trust: Hospital apologises over baby death errors – BBC News

‘A Kent hospital trust has apologised to a grieving mother who was told her baby was dead, then alive, before dying hours later.’

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BBC News, 10th August 2022

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Premature birth ‘almost twice as likely’ in England’s prisons than outside – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2022 in birth, health & safety, imprisonment, news, pregnancy, prisons, statistics, women by sally

‘Female prisoners are almost twice as likely to give birth prematurely as women in the general population, leaving them and their babies at risk, research has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2022

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Baby loss: Legalising leave within the profession – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 5th, 2022 in birth, maternity leave, news, paternity leave, pregnancy, sick leave, solicitors by sally

‘Miscarriage is not an illness and should not be allocated as ‘sick leave.’ The statistics speak for themselves: 1 in 8 pregnancies results in miscarriage, 1 in 90 pregnancies are ectopic and 1 in every 200 births in England is a still birth (death occurring after 24 weeks of pregnancy).’

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Law Society's Gazette, 4th July 2022

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Woman kept in police cell for 36 hours after stillbirth due to suspicions she had ‘illegal abortion’ – The Independent

‘A woman was kept in police custody for 36 hours after having a stillbirth because of suspicions she had an abortion after the legal cut-off point, it has been claimed.’

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The Independent, 5th July 2022

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Claimant Benevolence in a Clinical Negligence Setting, by Tom Bourne-Arton – Farrar’s Building

‘Tom Bourne-Arton reviews the relatively recent case of Richins v Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust [2022] EWHC 847 (QB) in which HHJ Kelly had to consider, amongst other matters, whether it was appropriate to apply “Claimant benevolence” otherwise known as “Keefe benevolence” when determining causation.’

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Farrar's Building, 4th May 2022

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Judge throws cold water on “insignificant” data breach claims – Legal Futures

Posted May 3rd, 2022 in birth, damages, data protection, misuse of private information, news by sally

‘The burgeoning field of data breach claims has taken a blow with a High Court judge saying the disclosure of a person’s name, gender and date of birth is not serious enough.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd May 2022

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Hospital failings and neglect contributed to baby’s death, coroner finds – BBC News

‘Hospital failings and “neglect” contributed to the death of a two-day-old baby, a coroner has found.’

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BBC News, 23rd April 2022

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Leicester parents take legal action after unborn baby dies – BBC News

‘A couple are taking legal action against a hospital trust following the death of their unborn son.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2022

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Shrewsbury maternity report: Uncovering the biggest NHS maternity scandal – BBC News

‘A damning report this week revealed the catastrophic failings at an NHS trust, where at least 201 babies and nine mothers might have survived with better maternity care. Michael Buchanan has led the BBC’s investigation into the scandal and first reported concerns five years ago, but he says he’s not done in Shrewsbury yet.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2022

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Shropshire baby deaths: The harrowing stories that informed the inquiry – The Independent

‘Investigator Donna Ockenden’s team has recorded the harrowing stories of children and mothers dying at the hands of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.’

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The Independent, 30th March 2022

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Home Office stops married couple being together for birth of first child – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2022 in birth, freedom of movement, immigration, married persons, news by tracey

‘A married couple have been left “broken” and in “shock” after being barred by the Home Office from being together for the birth of their first baby, due in the next few days.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2022

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The Husband’s Stitch: A Violation of Patients’ Bodily Autonomy – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted March 21st, 2022 in birth, doctors, families, female genital mutilation, medical treatment, news by sally

‘The ‘husband’s stitch’ is the practice of placing an extra stitch at the vaginal opening of a patient after birth for cosmetic purposes. This practice has at times been inflicted upon birthing patients non-consensually, and a gap in British legislation leaves these individuals particularly vulnerable to obstetric violence.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 9th March 2022

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Heavily pregnant woman can have C-section against her will, judge rules – BBC News

‘Doctors can perform a Caesarean section against the will of a diabetic woman in her late 20s, a judge has ruled.’

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BBC news, 10th March 2022

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Draft guidelines published to help improve practice when the state acts to safeguard a baby at birth – Family Law

Posted March 4th, 2022 in birth, care orders, children, families, local government, news by tracey

‘Draft guidelines to help improve practice when the state acts to safeguard a baby at birth have been published by Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (Nuffield FJO) and are being tested for feasibility in sites across England and Wales.’

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Family Law, 3rd March 2022

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Call to stop jailing pregnant women in England after baby dies in prison toilet – The Guardian

Posted January 17th, 2022 in bereavement, birth, death in custody, imprisonment, news, pregnancy, women by tracey

‘Vulnerable pregnant women are being imprisoned for non-violent offences, in some cases within just a few weeks of their babies’ due date, according to new research set to be published on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2022

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