Scheme for pregnant women tackles Portsmouth stillborn deaths

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MIDWIVES have taken on a scheme to reduce the number of stillborn babies in Portsmouth.

There were 25 stillborn babies out of 6,000 births in a year in Portsmouth. The figure is four per 1,000 – 0.2 higher than the average in England.

Midwives have been trained to measure pregnant women’s bumps with a tape measure and plot the baby’s growth.

Irregularities are referred for a check or extra scan. It is a Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists scheme.

The trust is urging women to be as healthy as possible before and during pregnancy. Gill Walton, director of midwifery at Portsmouth NHS Trust, said: ‘We really want women to be as healthy as they can.’