Motherhood

Baby movement bracelet aims to reduce stillbirths

BBC Midlands Today

Thousands of pregnant women in Shropshire are to be given bracelets to record their baby's movements in the hope of reducing stillbirths.

The bracelet being worn
BBC

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) says there are 14 beads on it and expectant mums move a small hoop around each of them when they feel movement.

By doing that, the trust says they should find it easier to track their baby's movement pattern, know when to expect movement and report any concerns earlier.

It comes as the county's hospitals are being investigated over avoidable baby deaths since 1998.

Last month, NHS Improvement said it had asked for details of hundreds more cases but they were not necessarily the result of sub-standard care.

‘The more we talk about it, the better it will get’

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

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