Campaign launched to raise awareness on fetal movements

A campaign has been launched in Waltham Forest to increase levels of awareness of fetal movements and let expectant mothers know how to seek help if their baby's movements have changed.

The campaign also lets people know what to expect when they contact their midwife or visit the maternity unit following reduced fetal movements.

Barts Health NHS Trust Head of Midwifery for Whipps Cross Hospital, Debbie Twyman, said: "It is really important that women contact their midwife or local maternity unit for advice whenever baby movements are reduced, no matter how many times it happens." 

When women contact their midwife or maternity unit, they are asked about their baby's movements and receive a full antenatal check-up, including the baby’s heartbeat.

NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group’s Clinical Director for Children and Maternity Services, Tonia Myers, added: "The vast majority of women who experience a reduction in their baby’s movements have a straightforward pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby but these checks are essential to check that everything is okay."

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To contact Whipps Cross Hospital maternity unit, call 020 8539 5522 ext 6769 or 5532 (available 24/7) or 5055 (from 8am-8pm).

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