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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Pregnant mums urged to monitor baby's movements

Pregnant mums are asked to monitor their baby’s movements and if they notice a change to contact their midwife or the maternity unit at Wirral Women and Children’s Hospital.

A change in a baby’s movement can be a vital warning sign that their unborn child is unwell.

Wirral University Teaching Hospital is urging mums to report any changed or reduced movements immediately, even during the COVID-19 outbreak and when self-isolating.

Around half of women who have had a stillbirth noticed their baby’s movements had slowed down or stopped.

Debbie Edwards, Head of Midwifery at Wirral University Teaching Hospital, said: “It is really important that mums pay particular attention to their baby’s movements in pregnancy. We advise them to look out for any change in movements and to report these immediately. Our midwives will be able to offer support as early as possible and are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. This help and support is available even during the COVID-19 outbreak so mums are asked to please ensure they get in contact if they notice any changes at all.”

Victoria Walsh, Chair of Wirral Maternity Voices Partnership added: “I know first hand how important it is to listen to your instinct and ring maternity triage if you have any concerns about your babies movements. I rang triage and was seen straight away when I didn’t feel right and felt like my baby was moving less. The first time baby was absolutely fine and the staff made me feel it was no trouble and I did the right thing. The next time it happened the triage staff diagnosed preeclampsia and I was admitted to the ward. Don’t delay if you have any concerns, the staff are there for you and baby.”

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