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Opinion  |  23:11:23
Negligent induction of labour leading to birth injury
Induction of labour is a well-established practice in the management of expectant women where delivery is required and there are clear NICE Guidelines (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) in place for medical staff. Hospital...
Opinion  |  18:10:23
HSIB Maternity Investigations have been replaced by the Maternity and Newborn Safety Investigations (MNSI) programme
A new statutory body, The Maternity and Newborn Safety Investigations (MNSI) programme is formed from 1 October 2023, to undertake investigations into brain injuries in babies and maternal and neonatal deaths and stillbirths. This programme is hosted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), having replaced the temporary role of the HSSIB (Health Services Safety Investigations Body).
Report  |  11:04:23
Investment in maternity care would change lives and save NHS millions
Every year, around 1,800 UK children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. It’s estimated that at least 1 in every 12 of those diagnoses occurs because of negligence in maternity care settings, with lives permanently...
Case Study  |  07:03:23
Compensation secured for mum who suffered bladder damage during birth of second child
During E’s second pregnancy, she was confident that consultant led care would identify any complications. However, a series of errors led to her sustaining a permanent bladder injury.
Opinion  |  16:02:23
The impact of racism within NHS maternity care
Kerstin Scheel takes a look at how the NHS is addressing inequalities in maternity healthcare that have been raised in recent years.
Podcast  |  08:09:22
How can we Make Birth Better? | Legal Thinking Podcast
A transcribed version of our recent podcast with Dr Rebecca Moore of Make Birth Better, and Sophie-Angwin Thornes from our Injury division.
Opinion  |  08:11:21
HSIB reports – Maternal death: Learning from maternal death investigations during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic
HSIB have released a collection of reports, the “Maternity National Learning Reports”, regarding maternity units, expectant mothers and newborn babies.
Opinion  |  17:09:21
‘Safe maternal and newborn care’ – what is actually happening to improve NHS maternity services in the UK?
Kerstin Scheel reviews the current state of maternity care in the UK, and what is being done to improve patient safety in this area.
Opinion  |  06:05:21
Are the aims of the Montgomery case being met by maternity professionals?
Hannah Blackwell reviews a recent study into maternity care, which draws interesting parallels with our own recent What About Mum survey.
Case Study  |  02:03:21
£100k in damages for 40-year-old who developed sepsis after the birth of her child
The claimant, a 40-year-old woman, received damages for the injuries she suffered as a result of the failure of the staff employed by the defendant trust to diagnose and treat infection with Streptococcus group A following the delivery of her child. As a result of the negligence she suffered sepsis leading to myositis and a blistering skin rash; and underwent total hysterectomy with salpingo-oophorectomy. She also developed post-traumatic stress disorder and a depressive episode of mild severity.
Opinion  |  05:01:21
Maternal care on the global stage and a closer look at hyponatraemia in the UK
Abigail Ringer, a member of our expert Birth Injury team, reviews some recent stats comparing the UK's performance in maternity care to countries across the world.
Opinion  |  30:11:20
What you need to know about maternal sepsis – guidelines, improvements to treatment and impact
A significant cause of maternal deaths in the UK results from sepsis (around 10%) (1). The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have clear guidelines on the management of bacterial sepsis before and after pregnancy, but is this enough to prevent serious harm to mother and babies from sepsis?
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