"Stillbirth at the PRU Christmas Eve 2014-..."

About: Princess Royal University Hospital (Orpington)

Our daughter tragically died before she was born at 41+4 weeks, and we only found out when we got to the PRU during labour. It was the worst moment of my life, but the care that we received was excellent during our 4 days there. If there's anything I would criticize, it's the antenatal care that we received before- for low risk pregnancies you only receive two scans (13 and 20 weeks). It is evident from the postmortem that our stillbirth was avoidable and I am now working with SANDS (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity) on awareness and a national trial to reduce the numbers- in the UK 1 in 200 pregnancies end in stillbirth, which is approximately 17 a day, and 4000 a year and we have one of the worst rates in the developed world. I would not wish this fate on my worst enemy. I sent a personal thank you to the four midwives that looked after us attentively, and the bereavement room (The Robinson Suite) was a much needed sense of normality, and allowed my husband and I to cuddle on a double bed in a beautiful room after 4 days of being on separate beds. Reduced movements during labour is not normal so please do not hesitate to ring your midwife. I have requested the midwife that delivered us to be there for the birth of our second child as I completely trust her and now have a very strong bond- and we will work to make this happen as I'll be induced early to avoid tragedy again.

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Response from Princess Royal University Hospital

Thank you for sharing your concerns about the management of low risk pregnances and the frequency of scanning in the ante natal period. It is our intention to introduce scanning at 32 weeks at the Princess Royal site as part of a Kings model of antenatal care. To implement this we need to undertake a number of service reconfigurations as scanning is currently undertaken on another site and the planning of this is currently underway. I hope that this update will be of reassurance to you. We are pleased that despite the circumstances that you have described you have forged a close bond with your midwife and have an agreed plan of care for your current pregnancy.