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Ali Cloak considers recent evidence in support of the ongoing campaigns to ensure that routine screening for GBS infection is available to all pregnant women.
The charity Group B Strep Support have recently launched a new campaign “WHY GUESS? when you can test” to encourage all pregnant woman to get tested for carriage of GBS infection so that their unborn baby can be protected from risk of infection during birth.
There has been a lot of press coverage in the media recently about midwife shortages in the NHS. But what are the reasons behind it and are we and our unborn babies being put at unnecessary risk?
This blog describes how newborn babies can become infected with Group B Streptococcal (GBS) bacteria, why campaigners have repeatedly called for screening for GBS infection to be offered to all expectant mothers and considers how one such screening programme was offered at Northwick Park Hospital in London and the impact that this has had on London families.
This article looks at the causes of, signs and symptoms of placental abruption and the importance of prompt diagnosis and management.
When should the court grant anonymity to children or protected parties in clinical negligence cases? A blog considering the clarity provided by recent case law.
What is a “lost years” claim and are they the answer to a lack of capital for purchase of accommodation in birth injury claims?
A recent study by Tamba (Twins & Multiple Births Association) shows that fewer than one in five maternity units has implemented NICE guidelines in relation to delivery of twins and triplets. Is this failure putting lives at risk?
Today is intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) awareness day. This blog considers: what is IUGR, how is it diagnosed, and what steps can be taken to prevent stillbirths and injuries to babies as a result of IUGR once diagnosed.
A summary of the new programme aimed at reducing avoidable injuries and deaths as a result of clinical errors during childbirth.
In this blog, Paul Rumley, who specialises in claims on behalf of disabled people who suffer injury as a result of medical negligence, discusses some recently published and thought provoking statistics on disability and work.
NHS England announced in July 2014 that it would now commission specialist selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery for children who suffer from cerebral palsy and have difficulties walking, where it might improve their mobility.
Information on recent research on the prevalence of Group B Strep infection, and highlighting the importance of prevention or early treatment of the infection in newborn babies during this GBS Awareness Month 2014.
The call for tighter checks and a full investigation after one baby dies and 14 are ill with blood poisoning after being given a contaminated batch of liquid food.
Is recent advice urging women to consider homebirths appropriate or is further consideration required?
A blog about a recent report on the ongoing challenges faced by disabled people and hopes for the future.
An inforgraphic of interesting and informative statistics in relation to Cerebral Palsy – the condition, causes and effects.
A recent case highlights the complexities of providing medical treatment to children with cerebral palsy.
Are shortages of maternity staff at weekends leading to higher risk levels for mothers and babies?
What is a Litigation Friend and when is it required when making a claim for cerebral palsy suffered due to medical negligence?
A cautious approach is urged in relation to new research suggesting that 70% of therapies for people with cerebral palsy are of uncertain benefit.
How can the risks and incidences of stillbirths be reduced?
Raising awareness and introducing universal screening of the infection is key to preventing injury and death from this infection.
Do women who receive only midwifery care during their pregnancy have a better outcome to those who are cared for by a number of different professionals?
A change in the law should lead to more successful claims for children who suffer a brain injury due to negligence around the time of their birth.