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Childbed/Puerperal Fever Awareness Survey

Tue 15th Jan 2008 by Ben Palmer.

Our awareness survey has now closed, with over 1,000 responses, which was terrific.

Once we have had a chance to analyse the 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.

Help us by signing our petition

Tue 3rd Feb 2009 by Ben Palmer.

… and is given clear information and advice on the recognition of childbed fever (also known as puerperal fever and genital tract sepsis) and that doctors and midwives are given clear sepsis guidelines."

More information

Childbed fever is a serious form of postnatal septicaemia which can lead to toxic shock syndrome, organ failure and death.  In 2003-05 sepsis accounted for 14% of …

Misconception that matters

Mon 12th May 2008 by Ben Palmer.

… finished reading it on-line and something jumped out at me. It was the reference to Alex's post- puerperal fever after discharge from hospital first time. How lucky she was that it only took two doses of antibiotics to shift it, and how wrong she was to assume that the lack of infection second time around was because she was far from a maternity ward.

Yes you can acquire an infection in …

A chilling hot lunch

Tue 22nd Apr 2008 by Ben Palmer.

… 18 deaths apiece, between pre-eclampsia / eclampsia and Genital Tract Sepsis. (=childbed fever/ puerperal fever /puerperal sepsis)

Why is it that pregnant mothers are told about, warned about and aware of pre-eclampsia (some antenatal classes are especially good at letting you know it's a danger, even if you're not totally sure what it is) but nobody tells you about childbed fever, even …

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 life-threatening illness that …

Information for Health Professionals

Thu 24th Jan 2008 by Ben Palmer.

… immediately sepsis is suspected, without waiting for microbiology results.

Learning points: Puerperal sepsis (7.4, page 102)

Any problems noted during a woman’s hospital stay should be reported directly to her community carers (GP, midwives and health visitors) when she is discharged in order that appropriate follow up visits may be arranged and the significance of developing …

No news would have been good news

Sun 6th Jan 2008 by Ben Palmer.

… is treatable. Unfortunately there was no mention of the fact that these two women died of Childbed/Puerperal Fever, and that it is a well documented and once much feared condition that should not be killing any more.

My heart goes out to these women and their families - how well Harry, Emily and I know their pain and confusion.

I have failed in my New Year's resolution to give up smoking …

Further reading

Thu 3rd Jan 2008 by Ben Palmer.

These links are all further reference on Childbed/Puerperal Fever, it's causes and effects.

Confidential Enquiry into Maternal And Child Health

CEMACH Report: Why Mothers Die 2000-2002

CEMACH Report: Saving Mothers' Lives 2003-2005

The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever 1843, Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Encyclopaedia …

Unfamiliarity breeds infection

Wed 5th Dec 2007 by Ben Palmer.

… (CTG) patterns and to ask for senior advice at an early stage."

"These cases of classical puerperal sepsis due to Group A haemolytic streptococcal infection demonstrate that by the time sepsis is clinically obvious, infection is already well established and deterioration into widespread septicaemia, metabolic acidosis, coagulopathy and multi-organ failure is very rapid and often …

The petition's response

Wed 14th Nov 2007 by Ben Palmer.

… in report after report, to little or no effect. The incidence of sepsis/childbed fever/puerperal fever/whatever you care to call it has been rising since 1984, and a worrying number of healthcare professionals are ignorant of its cause, symptoms and devastating outcome.

"In the last published report of the CEMD for 2000-02, only five of the 13 women who died from infection, out of …

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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