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Fetal Movement Campaign

Midwives from County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust are launching a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of fetal movements during pregnancy to help reduce stilbirths and raise awareness.

Our midwives took part in a sponsored walk from Shotley Bridge Community Hospital to University Hospital of North Durham to raise awareness and funds to support the campaign.

Fetal movements

55% of women who had a stillbirth noticed their baby's movements had slowed down or stopped but hadn't reported it.

There are many myths around baby movements during pregnancy but the main message from our midwives is - if you notice any change then get in touch straight away.

A baby moving during pregnancy can be anything from a flutter, kick, swish or roll and these are a sign that baby is well. When a baby is unwell, they may conserve energy by slowing down their movements. This can be the first sign of a problem.

If you notice any changes in your baby's movements please ring 01325 74 3730 and this will take you through to one of our pregnancy assessment units.

                       "Our Kicks Count, but YOURS ARE MORE IMPORTANT"

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'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham