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Shropshire health trust launches competition

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The trust running Shropshire's two main hospitals has launched a competition to raise awareness of fetal movement in pregnancy.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) says women, nationally and locally, have called for more information about their babies’ movements and the importance of any changes.

There are currently about 665,000 babies born in England each year, but there are also more than 3,000 stillbirths.

New guidance – called, the Saving Babies’ Lives Care Bundle – contains the ambition to halve the rate of stillbirths from 4.7 per thousand to 2.3 per thousand by 2030, potentially avoiding the tragedy of stillbirth for more than 1,500 families every year.

In order to help spread the message, SaTH will be redesigning the front cover of the maternity handheld records – a folder which is given to all pregnant women at their first antenatal appointment.

The trust is asking youngsters across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales to come up with the design.

The competition is aimed at anyone who believes they have the skill to make an eye-catching picture which will remind women and their families to be aware and monitor how their baby moves.

Jill Whitaker, matron for consultant unit maternity services at SaTH, said: “We are launching this project because it is extremely important to us that women and their families recognise the importance of their babies’ movements during pregnancy.

“Well babies keep moving through out a pregnancy but nationally it is recognised that women do not always approach health professionals for reassurance that their baby is well if the baby’s movements change.

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"Sometimes women come into maternity units too late and, sadly, some babies die as a result.

“Our aim is to raise the profile of being aware of babies’ movements and to encourage women to seek advice whenever they notice a change in how their baby is moving.

“We are launching a competition to change the cover of our maternity handheld records. The new cover will focus on monitoring baby movements and contacting your midwife if you notice any changes in movement or you have any concerns about your baby.

“The winning entry will feature on the front cover of the records all women carry throughout their pregnancies. There will also be other prizes for runners-up in the competition.”

As part of the project, Jill and her colleagues will be visiting schools and colleges to talk to students about the issue.

Further information about the competition, and how to enter, can be found at www.sath.nhs.uk/wards-services/az-services/maternity/competition

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