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Footprints response to the Birth Trauma Inquiry

Sharon Darke

13 May 2024

Birth Trauma Inquiry

The inquiry into Birth Trauma published today has found that maternity and postnatal care is a postcode lottery and urgent changes are needed to improve maternity care in the UK.

Sadly the statistics for Twin and Triplet loss are still rising (MBRRACE 2021). It is over two times more likely that a baby from a multiple pregnancy will die as a result of stillbirth and more than 3.5 times likely that they die from a neonatal death.

Footprints Baby Loss Twin &Triplet Support Charity welcomes and supports any improvements to maternity and bereavement services. Sharon Darke, CEO comments "We are already working closely with many healthcare professionals across the NHS and other charities to ensure a collaborative and holistic approach is taken to the provision of bereavement care in multiple births. There are many examples of great care from healthcare professionals looking after our families, but also those where care is lacking and support services are not available in their area, this is particularly evident in follow-up care. We believe that support should always be available to all, regardless of location and are working to make this happen."

Footprints supports families who experience the death of a twin, triplet or more at any stage. We provide vital support to parents and families given by those who have first hand experience of twin or triplet loss. We understand the value of having a safe space to be able to communicate with someone who has been through something similar and provide a kind caring inclusive approach with our bereavement service. Our support is in the form of befriending, online support groups and a private online community group. We are a charity for bereaved parents, run by bereaved parents.

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