A recent NHS investigation into devastating cases involving brain injured children found that midwives failing to check babies heart rates is the biggest cause of birth injuries in the NHS. Research revealed that seven in ten cases involved a failure to adequately monitor the foetus during pregnancy and labour. The same investigation also highlighted failings in connection with women expecting twins or triplets. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that all hospital trusts implement procedures for midwives to label each baby individually during scans so that each individual baby is being properly checked throughout pregnancy. If all units were to implement these recommendations NICE estimates that there would be up to 1300 fewer neonatal admissions and 634 fewer caesarean sections each year.
If you have any concerns regarding management during pregnancy, or that your child has suffered a brain injury as a result of errors in care, please contact one of our specialist clinical negligence solicitors on 0151 6450055 for a free, no-obligation discussion about your options.