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Childbed fever: the facts

Wed 16th Apr 2008 by Ben Palmer.

Childbed fever (also called puerperal fever or puerperal sepsis ) is a treatable illness that kills mothers. It is defined as infection of the uterus following the birth of a child. This infection, if unchecked, may spread into the bloodstream to cause septicaemia (blood poisoning) - a …

Woman's Hour - Childbed Fever

Wed 23rd Jan 2008 by Ben Palmer.

I've just been alerted to a Woman's Hour discussion on childbed fever this morning. I listened to a recording of it on the BBC website.

The author of a new book, The Bone Garden discusses childbed fever with the presenter and a professor, but in the context of the past. They highlight the pain and agony of dying from this terrible disease, and …

What are the symptoms of childbed fever?

Thu 21st Jun 2007 by Ben Palmer.

Possible symptoms of childbed fever 1

Headache, feeling generally unwell 2

Sore throat

Raised temperature (over 38°C is a fever)

Fast pulse (over 100 beats per minute)

Fast breathing

Offensive vaginal discharge


Vomiting and/or diarrhoea

Abdominal/leg pains

Childbed fever can …

What is childbed fever?

Thu 21st Jun 2007 by Ben Palmer.

What are the symptoms? »

Childbed fever: the facts »

Childbed fever is an infection of the womb in new mothers which can lead to septicaemia.

Historically, childbed fever (puerperal sepsis) was the leading cause of maternal death in the UK but, due in part to antibiotics, cases have declined significantly since …

Childbed/Puerperal Fever Awareness Survey

Tue 15th Jan 2008 by Ben Palmer.

… information, results will be posted, but in the meantime, please spend a few minutes reading about childbed fever, Jessica's Trust and please: sign our petition.

No.10 has responded to our petition. Or has it?

Mon 21st Dec 2009 by Ben Palmer.

… it.

We also asked that new mothers be given clear information and advice on the recognition of childbed fever, specifically, not just the general advice recommended by NICE.

You have quoted us others' reports. Where is your response, Mr Brown? What are you actually going to do? What would Mrs Brown recommend ?

(The Number 10 response is here.)

Maternal deaths are an outrage

Thu 21st May 2009 by Ben Palmer.

… Geneva are just as applicable to us. Why are our mother's vulnerable to an archiac disease such as childbed fever, which is still one of the most common causes of maternal death?

I feel sure that Jasmine Pickett's and Amy Kimmance's families, amongst others, would join me in asking this. I hope that the Coroner in their Inquests, currently being heard in Winchester, may be able to shed some …

On twitter

Mon 2nd Mar 2009 by Ben Palmer.

… interested in some more information:

Jessica's Trust on twitter

Who am I?

I am Ben Palmer, a childbed fever widower and parent to two children, Harry (7) and Emily (4). I set up Jessica's Trust, now a registered UK charity, to raise awareness of childbed fever - a post-natal septicaemic infection. Childbed fever accounted for 14% of maternal deaths in the UK between 2003 and 2005.

I'd …

Life saving treatment wanted asap

Sun 1st Mar 2009 by Ben Palmer.

… given any treatment that she requires for a range of conditions including, but not exclusively, childbed fever (CF). This means that severe illness and/or death can be avoided.

I am not an advocate of prophylactic use of antibiotics, indeed more women than are saved from sepsis may die of allergic reaction.

As for benefitting only 1 in 500,000 - how wrong is this. Purely looking at …

Rising GAS

Tue 24th Feb 2009 by Ben Palmer.

… surveillance protocol of severe group A streptococcal disease. Not quite the study of cases of childbed fever including those that do not result in death that I'd like to see (and is, I know, in planning) but a welcome step in the right direction.

If group A strep infection is more prevalent in the community at the moment, then there will be more cases of childbed fever as well, one could …

What is childbed fever?

Childbed fever is an infection of the womb in new mothers which can lead to septicaemia. If left untreated infection will cause organ failure and death - even in young, fit mothers.
What are the symptoms? »
Childbed fever: the facts »

What's the aim?

We would like every parent and every midwife and doctor to know that childbed fever is still a very real threat to a mother's life.
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Who is Jessica?

Jessica Palmer was a Mum. She died in June 2004, at 34 years old, of childbed fever caused by Group A streptococcus.
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