Current Thoughts on Stillbirth and a few other things

Current Thoughts on Stillbirth and a few other things

Good evening fellow Mamas,

It’s been a lonnnnng day. Pops has the dreaded lurgy and we’ve watched more Peppa Pig than is acceptable for anyone.

There’s so much going on at the moment that I thought that I’d try out a new type of post with a break down of all my random thoughts and ramblings.

Here goes…..

News story of the day:

I was interested to read an article in The Guardian highlighting and commenting on findings in a recent report about stillbirth.

The headline read:

Better care could save hundreds of babies from stillbirth.

I think back to my own pregnancy and am incredibly grateful for the attentiveness and great care that I received from both the midwives and Drs at UCHL. They always took my concerns seriously and supported both me and my bump to an excellent standard.

However, I’m all too aware that this isn’t always the case. The Guardian article points out that in one specific scenario:

‘The team found that warning signs were missed. Half the pregnant women whose babies died had told medical staff they were worried that the baby in the womb was no longer moving. In half of those cases, either there was no investigation, the baby’s heart rate was monitored but misinterpreted or staff in the maternity unit failed to respond correctly to warning signs.

Tests that would have alerted staff to the need to monitor the pregnancy more closely were not carried out. Women at risk of developing diabetes were not tested. National guidance for checking that the baby in the womb was growing normally was not followed.’

It is so upsetting to read these findings and to think that with better care many little lives could have been saved. My heart goes out to all parents who have experienced the trauma of stillbirth. I can’t even begin to imagine what you have been through.

One thing I will say is that if hospital staff aren’t taking your concerns seriously then make sure you don’t give up. If you are worried that your baby isn’t moving then INSIST on getting seen and checked. Ask for a scan…whatever it takes to put your mind at ease. If this is refused to you then seek a second opinion. A mother’s instinct is everything. Yes you might get it wrong at times but it is so much better to be safe than sorry. If you’re not the insistent type, then get your partner or a more confident friend to put your case forward.

#Mummyfail of the day:

Mr UFM is out and I’m angry. I shouldn’t be because he literally never goes out and is pretty much always home in time for bath-time.

Anyway, tonight I’m angry because I’m tired and Poppy is ill and I want to be at the party that he’s at.

So what have I done? Ordered disgusting Dominos that’s what! A pineapple, pepperoni and sweetcorn one to  be precise. It was food revenge. It was delightfully disgusting. I ate all of it. I now feel sick.

Emotional eating at its absolute worst!

Dress of the day:

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Thank you Topshop for FINALLY producing something that a 35 year old woman can wear. It’s wonderfully flattering and really affordable at £26. Buy it in grey and green and wear it with tights and boots.

Have a fab rest of the evening and hope you get a good night’s sleep! I won’t be ;0)

UFM xx

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