Today is World Prematurity Day
Today is World Prematurity Day, a global campaign to raise awareness of premature birth and the terrible effects it can have on families.
The birth of a new baby is exciting and joyful and for most people is very straightforward. But a premature labour can be fraught with complications and difficulties, such as haemorrhages and foetal distress.
In that event, specialist midwifery and obstetric care is needed to minimise and avoid the increased risks of complications that a premature baby can face.
Many babies born prematurely can still recover and develop without any problems, because proper monitoring and care has been provided antenatally and during and after delivery. But as a Medical Negligence Solicitor and a former midwife myself, I am only too aware of the devastating impact a premature birth can have on both parents and babies if mistakes are made at any stage.
It’s essential that proper care is provided so a baby’s prematurity doesn’t result in birth injuries that could be avoided, and that clinicians can draw on all their experience and make quick decisions to deliver pre-term babies safely. When deliveries don’t go entirely to plan, the extra trauma placed on a family can be immense.
World Prematurity Day is a chance for health professionals and families to talk about premature birth and shine a light on the many difficulties they face every day. It gives healthcare providers the opportunity to share best practice recommendations, and help to reduce the chances of medical mistakes being made when they are dealing with pre-term babies.
And just as importantly, it reminds parents who’ve gone through the trauma of a premature birth that they’re not alone and that there are many others who understand what they’ve experienced.
How to Get Involved in World Prematurity Day
Bliss, the charity that’s organised the event, wants to show families that they are not alone by calling on parents of pre-term babies to share their unique insights. Parents have been asked to share on social media what they wish someone had told them when they first arrived on the maternity unit, using the hashtag #IWishIdKnown
I’d urge anyone who’s endured a premature delivery to take part, either by telling their story or clicking on the hashtag to read about what’s happened to others. The experiences of parents who’ve dealt with premature deliveries could be very helpful to others, especially those who are struggling to cope with any trauma caused by what’s happened.
Nobody should feel as if they’re on their own when they’re enduring one of the most difficult times of their life. Just knowing that there are other people out there who’ve been through something similar to you can be hugely important, and help you process and make sense of any trauma you’ve faced. For more information and to see how you can get involved visit World Prematurity Day.
Free Legal Advice
If your baby was born prematurely and you believe the care you were given may have caused an avoidable injury, it’s very important that you get legal advice and help from a specialist in medical negligence.
At Simpson Millar our Medical Negligence Solicitors offer a free claims assessment so we can discuss your experience, whether you may have grounds to claim and how we can help you. Ask us if we can deal with your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
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