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Mother's Day Every Day

Fri 27th Feb 2009 by Ben Palmer.

… trying to fix the problems at home, other nations really need our help.

Let's not forget their mothers either. The Mother's Day Every Day campaign is a brilliant idea.


Maternity units 'shut to mothers'

Sun 8th Feb 2009 by Ben Palmer.

… country, but give them a chance - there simply aren't enough.

BBC: Maternity units 'shut to mothers'


She doesn’t know her mother is dead

Sun 14th Dec 2008 by Ben Palmer.

… the Sunday's, I came across a heart rending story about Karmeh, who still doesn't know her mother died of post-partum sepsis.

Developing world childbirth is far, far more dangerous than it is, for example, in this country, but I believe that charity begins at home and that means fixing the problems at home as well. The work that so many organisations - such as the White Ribbon …


Inquiry into deaths of three new mothers - Telegraph

Mon 14th Apr 2008 by Ben Palmer.

Inquiry into deaths of three new mothers - Telegraph

Necrotising Fasciitis is most commonly caused by Group A Streptococcus, which is also the most common cause of Childbed Fever. It's a pity the article doesn't make the link and say that's what it is, but 'flesh-eating bacteria' sounds nastier, doesn't it?


Dying to be a mother

Sun 2nd Dec 2007 by Ben Palmer.

CEMACH's latest triennial report, now called 'Saving Mothers' Lives' is due to be launched on Tuesday. As I heard on Friday, the Independent on Sunday has seen an advance copy of its findings.

The bottom line is that, overall, maternal deaths are up 13% from 261 (2000-02) to 295, and deaths from genital tract sepsis are up by a staggering 38%, …


Why Mothers Die when nobody's Saving Mothers' Lives

Mon 13th Aug 2007 by Ben Palmer.

… triennial reports reviewing all cases of maternal death. The most recently published report, ' Why Mothers Die ' is for the period 2000-2002, and I have often quoted (both in these pages and to the press) the statistics it found and also its recommendations, few of which seem to be taken up, as they are repeated report after report in alarmingly consistent language.

The next report, for …


British maternity wards in crisis

Mon 4th Apr 2011 by Ben Palmer.

Some very bleak reading, particularly in light of the recent CMACE report, Saving Mothers' Lives 2006-2008 which tells that sepsis now outranks even pre-eclampsia and eclampsia as the leading direct cause of maternal death. Deaths due to sepsis have risen from 18 in 2003-05 to 26 in 2006-08* - a staggering 44%.

Is it any wonder that we have headlines like this one: …


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

Mon 21st Dec 2009 by Ben Palmer.

… of women and their babies (2006) which sets out what should happen.

It then quotes the Saving Mothers’ Lives report from the Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE, 2007) which really says that more needs to be done.

Lastly there is another quoted recommendation for the use of MEOWS charts.

Most of these documents have been mentioned and linked to from this blog in the …


Maternal deaths are an outrage

Thu 21st May 2009 by Ben Palmer.

… outrage that pregnancy and childbirth continue to kill 529,000 women and leave 1 million children motherless worldwide every year is, naturally, focussed on developing countries where childbirth is far more dangerous than we can imagine.

However, the words of our own Prime Minister's wife and the Secretary-General of the United Nations words at this week's World Health Organisation's annual …


MEOWS: Recommended

Sat 25th Apr 2009 by Ben Palmer.

… them, and that figure is increasing as MEOWS is adopted Trust by Trust, even if only for high risk mothers. What is a high risk mother? Jessica wasn't but she died. Every mother should be followed for the first 10 days after delivery by her own MEOWS chart, I believe.

As for being a lone voice - this is what the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (CEMACH) said in it's top 10 …




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.
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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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