Obstetric Negligence Claims News

Landmark court ruling: Confirmation that mother of brain-damaged baby is primary victim

YAH v Medway NHS Foundation Trust [2018] Richard Money-Kyrle represented the mother of a 5-year-old girl who was brain damaged at birth, in her own claim for the psychiatric injuries she suffered as a mother to the injured child during and after the...

Vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC) - risks of rupture and RCOG recommendations

The RCOG Each Baby Counts programme’s recent report into the anaesthetic care which contributed to the serious brain injury, neonatal death and stillbirths suffered by 49 babies in 2015 highlights some of the highest risk areas in maternity patient...

MBRRACE - Sepsis and maternal deaths

The recent report, Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care , from UK maternity services watchdog MBRRACE , found that in 2013-2015, 41% of the women who died during pregnancy, childbirth or postnatally, might have had better outcomes with improved...

MBRRACE UK's latest maternal deaths report (2013-2015) says no reduction in maternal death rate

MBRRACE-UK have published their 2017 report, Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care: lessons learned to inform maternity care from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity 2013-2015. MBRRACE-UK is an acronym for...

60 seconds with a medical negligence lawyer

Over the following year we will be sharing a series of question and answer articles about our day-to-day lives in the medical negligence team. This week, it’s Rachel Makore's turn, a solicitor in the team. Rachel qualified in April 2016 and...

International prenatal infection prevention month - Raising awareness of prenatal infections

February this year is international prenatal infection prevention month, which raises awareness of prenatal infections, including  meningitis  and group B Strep. Such infections are the UK’s most common cause of life-threatening...

Are home births the answer to our NHS funding crisis?

Draft guidelines have been produced by the  National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)  regarding the care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth.  These guidelines recommend that home births and midwifery-led care...

Each Baby Counts' - RCOG launch campaign

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists launched a 5 year project to halve number of baby deaths due to complications during labour In the UK, around 500 full term babies die or are left severely disabled each year because something goes...

Compensation claim settled for £150,000 after hysterectomy causes bowel damage

An individual has received £150,000 to compensate her for the injuries she sustained following an unnecessary sub-total hysterectomy. The surgery was performed after an ovarian cyst was suspected to be malignant.  However, it was later discovered...

Shift in NHS policy could see increase in home births

NICE, the NHS watchdog have announced a radical shift in NHS policy which will see hundreds of thousands more women encouraged to  give birth at home . Mothers-to-be will be told that unless there is a high risk of complications they do not need a...
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