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1 in 4 pregnancy's ends is the loss of the baby. This issue affects almost every Western Australian family at some point. We all know someone who has lost a baby and its time to have a day for them to mourn and remember their loss.
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Rememberance Day is recognised in New South Wales, The United States and Canada. We are asking the Western Australian Government to follow suit and officially recognise October 15 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Rememberance Day in Western Australia
WHAT IS CONTINUITY OF CARE??
- during pregnancy (antenatal care)
- during labour and birth (intrapartum care)
- after birth of your baby (postnatal care)
Seeing the same caregiver or small group of caregivers throughout pregnancy, labour and birth and afterwards is called continuity of care.
WHY PROVIDE CONTINUITY OF MIDWIFERY CARE?
Midwifery continuity models are popular with women, provide improved birth and satisfaction outcomes, are cost-effective and are common overseas. For these reasons Australian governments are committed to increasing women's access to these models as outlined in the National Maternity Services Plan and actioned by the Queensland Government with the commitment to provide 10% of public birth care in these models. Continuity models also have advantages in the development and retention of a skilled workforce which is responsive to day-to-day demand.
MIDWIFERY CONTINUITY MODELS
These models provide each woman with care from a known midwife/s, usually to 6 weeks postpartum. To meet the needs of women and be sustainable for midwives, continuity models are innovative and flexible in relation to place of care in widwives' working arrangements. Women with any level of complexity of care, and midwives consult and refer to guidelines and clinical need.
Throughout the nation of the United States of America there are a countless amount of states that don't require doctors of any sort to report substance abuse amongst pregnant women.
This is a growing epidemic in the situation of health and our future, unborn generations. The legalizing of drugs is already being permitted in certain states, which will ultimately lead to addiction- some being women who will become pregnant. The objective of this petition is to start having a voice for the unborn children and saving their health one state at a time. Some states, by law are allowed to overlook pregnant substance abusers, which does more harm to the fetus than anyone is aware of.
We need to start by petitioning the idea of ignorance and start making it mandatory to get health officials more involved in seeking treatment for their impotent patients.
Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome (FACS) can occur when a mother has to take epilepsy medications (anti-convulsants) during pregnancy. Anticonvulsants are also used to treat bipolar, mood disorder and migraines.
A child exposed in utero to AEDS such as valproate, phenytoin, barbiturates and carbamazepine may experience delay in developing speech and language or may have difficulties with social interaction (autistic spectrum), memory and attention. Some may also have other conditions, such as spina bifida, heart defects and ocular abnormalities etc. They may also have characteristic facial and physical features.
My son has been to visit a paediatric geneticist who is considering the possibility of Foetal Valproate Syndrome or FVS (which is one of the anticonvulsant Syndromes). He is currently undergoing a wide range of testing and is being referred to a number of health professionals to assess his case.
My other children (both girls) have other issues including learning difficulties and vision impairment which our geneticist does not believe to be enough to prove a link to FVS. In my mind however, whilst it is possible that these are merely coincidental it is also possible that valproate effected them to lesser degrees.
I would like to call for the Australian government to legislate warnings on all anticonvulsant medications regarding the risks of the full effects of Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndromes and where children have been exposed in utero to these teratogens, screenings should be scheduled throughout early childhood in order to diagnose and provide treatment and support as needed for these children and their families.
In June 2011 Criteria changed for IVF. Anyone who has been in a relationship for less than three years, is not allowed to have NHS Funded IVF.
We need you help to change it back.
The American justice system stands on volumes of decisions from previous trials. Courts rule—sometimes even against conscience or reason—based on legal precedents.
Prosecutors and defenders often present DNA findings in rape and paternity cases. Judges, jurors, and society readily view this science as positive identification of crimes and criminals.
Such facts even seal or reverse capital murder verdicts. Through DNA proof, falsely convicted prisoners go free. Yes, and even traces of DNA autographs have sentenced thousands of felons to lifelong prison sentences. DNA also proves fatherhood in paternity cases.
In the UK, 11 babies are stillborn every day. And shocking new research, published last month in The Lancet, found Britain is ranked second from bottom: 33 out of 35 countries in the developed world for stillbirth rates. Countries like Australia – which have invested heavily in research – have managed to bring their rates down. In the UK, they have remained the same for the past 10 years. This is simply not acceptable.
Which is why Grazia has today joined forces with the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, Sands, to demand change.
We want the government to fund research to discover what is causing these babies to die, and to develop new ways of screening pregnancies to find out which babies are at risk of stillbirth… and save their lives before it is too late.
Whether this is a scan in the third trimester or even the introduction of hand held scanners to detect babies’ movements, what is key is funding for this vital research to be carried out.
Doctors can screen for other problems in pregnancy such as Down’s syndrome, because the research has been done to find out how to predict which babies are at risk. Research into cot death has reduced deaths by 70% in the last 20 years. Stillbirth is now 10 times more common than cot death.
Chief executive Neal Long says, ‘With 11 babies dying every day, it’s a national scandal which has persisted for far too long. Most stillborn babies have no abnormalities and no clear reason why they died. Early delivery could potentially save the lives of many of these babies. We know that the antenatal screening techniques used today just aren’t accurate enough to pick out these at-risk babies, so many otherwise perfect babies are missed, and tragically they die.’
Experts argue that a significant proportion of these deaths could be avoided if mothers received better care during pregnancy and labour. But current routine antenatal screening methods, measuring baby’s growth with a tape measure and scanning at 12 and 20 weeks, aren’t working when it comes to preventing many stillbirths.
Causes of stillbirth can be anything from an infection through to problems with the placenta. Grazia editor-in-chief Jane Bruton says, ‘It’s shocking how many women are going through the pain and devastation of stillbirth every day. We believe research needs to be urgently carried out to discover how improved screening for pregnant women could help reduce the UK’s rates... and save more women from the trauma of losing their child.’
Now you can join the campaign to help, by signing our petition. ‘The support of Grazia readers will really make a huge difference’ adds Long. `The Government listens to public opinion and we need them to know that people value the lives of these precious babies. We urge you to sign our petition and help get the research that is so desperately needed.’
Currently, midwives have often to both fund their own updating training, and take time off to complete it. There is no statutory obligation to support them. This is unacceptable.
Training in high risk pregnancy situations, like pre-eclampsia should be free, paid for, leave provided and compulsory. Recent news from senior midwives suggests midwives are stretched to breaking point. See http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1343408/. More midwives are in training, but in the meantime those on the frontline will pay the price.
Abortion is purposely taking the life of an unborn fetus. Abortion can lead to medical problems and anxiety problems.
We all have rights at the point of conception. When you choose to terminate the life of a human being, it is murder.
There is no faith or ideology that justifies this murderous and heinous act.
People do not understand that abortion leads to severe medical conditions. It is not a woman's choice to decide the life and death of another person.
Senator Denise Harper Angel, in Kentucky, has introduced
BR11 which states the following:
Amend KRS 205.560 to require smoking cessation programs or treatment interventions for pregnant smokers to be in accordance with protocols and guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than 2,500 chemicals are present in cigarette smoke. Even though the chemicals that are directly harmful to the developing baby are not known, nicotine and carbon monoxide cause unpleasant pregnancy outcomes. In the United States, at least 10 percent of women smoke while pregnant. If all pregnant women in the US stopped smoking, there would be an estimated 11 percent reduction in stillbirths and a 5 percent reduction in newborn deaths.
More than 2,500 chemicals are present in cigarette smoke. Even though the chemicals that are directly harmful to the developing baby are not known, nicotine and carbon monoxide cause unpleasant pregnancy outcomes.
Smoking while pregnant causes many birth defects:
1. It doubles the risk of having a low-birth weight baby (weighing less than 5 1/2 pounds).
2. It slows the growth of the fetus.
3. It increases the risk of premature birth.
4. It increases the risk of serious health problems during the newborn period.
5. It can ultimately cause chronic lifelong disabilities such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and learning problems, and even death.
Smoking while pregnant causes pregnancy complications and doubles the risk of developing placental problems:
1. Placenta previa which is a low-lying placenta that covers part or all of the opening of the uterus;
2. Placental abruption, in which the placenta peels away, partially or almost completely, from the uterine wall before delivery.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, good smoking cessation programs give 20 to 40 percent of participants courage to quit smoking. Statistics show that if all pregnant women in the US stopped smoking, there would be an estimated 11 percent reduction in stillbirths and a 5 percent reduction in newborn deaths.
All information courtesy of www.marchofdimes.com
As advocates for pregnant women, especially teens, we want to eliminate the presence of smoking pregnant women. Education will, through this bill, and must be presented to those who are unaware of what their smoking habits are doing to their unborn child.
In 2007 my son was born. We were given only one scan at 11 weeks. Although I asked for another scan we were told no. My son was born with an extremely rare CHD called Hypo-plastic left heart. He went through so much that could have been avoided if only we had had another scan later on in my pregnancy. His body went into complete shut down because we had no idea about his heart condition.
In 2004 it was advised that all pregnant mothers in Scotland should be routinely offered two ultrasound scans before they are 24 weeks but obviously this advice was never taken into account. A quote from the NHS website states the following:
"Following an extensive review of the evidence on the use of ultrasound scanning in pregnancy, NHS QIS advises that a second (‘anomaly’) scan should be offered to women during their second trimester, at between 18 and 22 weeks of pregnancy. This scan can identify certain defects in the fetus, including problems with the heart and spina bifida."
This quote and the whole article can be found at
Suitable written information should be available for pregnant women in time for each woman to consider it and discuss it with a health professional before attending an ultrasound appointment. This information should clearly describe the conditions that can and cannot be detected by ultrasound, the chances of accurately detecting these conditions and the risks associated with follow-up procedures.
Please sign our petition! The goverment need to start spending money on the NHS and this is a vital part that is being neglected! These babies are our future!! Lets take care of them!
Surrogacy is legal in some states, Washington is not one of them. Homosexual and hetrosexual couples, as well as single men and women who cannot have children of their own (or are unable to carry a pregnancy to term) and live in Washington state have no choice but to adopt.
As many as 15% of United States residents are infertile. To put that in perspective, think of ten couples you know. Up to three of three of those couples will not be able to conceive because one of them is infertile.
A Canadian's 'Prayer' for Infertility Awareness
Everyday, over a half million Canadians are grieving. It's not the same grief you feel when you lose a loved one, it doesn't get better with time. For those dealing with Infertility, grief reverses, time doesn't heal all pain, it increases. Infertility is a disease of the body that becomes an illness of the heart, the mind. It becomes so emotionally crippling that just being with other family members or out in public can become devastating. It is a silent disease; there are no brave voices to stand up for us. Everyday we are faced with ignorance: people unaware they're making hurtful comments and giving meaningless advice, politicians promising help for families and those needing healthcare but leaving those behind who have a hurdle between them and a loving family and being refused public healthcare for treatment of a devastating health condition.
Because our disease is rejected as being something medically necessary, it also becomes a disease of finances for low and middle income 'families' (though that statement should read 'households', since we are denied a family). This is a disease, not an aesthetic problem; it is a tear in the fabric of life! All living things are on this earth for the sole purpose of giving life, passing on genes. All our behaviours are set up to create a family.
Just like wolf without a pack, those who crave family suffer alone, and lost without the love of the many generations a family can provide. In nature, if you don't reproduce, you die. In our world, if you don't reproduce, you'd better have a big pocketbook or you'll suffer a long life of hopelessness.
Our 'prayer' is that society will take notice and reach out a helping hand to treat this disease as a whole. We need funding so that specialists can work with our family physicians to give the best care possible, just like any other condition is treated through our health care system. We need grief counselling to cope through this emotionally taxing process. We need the support of communities, we need education and awareness. I believe everyone has a right to have a family, not just based on financial status or a disease free body. Our 'prayer' is that you will help us.
Women in America need our help!
Average cost of birth control pills in this country is $30-$45 per pack (which we buy each month).* That's if you are one of the lucky American's in this country to even have medical insurance. Those without can pay almost TWICE that much.
There are fractions of people who want to make abortion illegal. There are still more that believe there are too many unwanted children in this country already. To these people specifically, wouldn't this be an easy solution to the problem?
If all women (no matter what your social status, financial status, race, age, religion, etc.) receive free birth control, you are helping control the over-population. It will also cut back financial burdens on women/families, especially those where an extra $30 a month would be a lot. That's potentially an extra $360 a year, or more!
Why not let all our tax money go to use!
*Info found at: http://www.womensmedcenter.com/BirthControl/?ID=5
The "Unborn Victims of Crime Act" (Bill C-484) passed a Second Reading vote in Parliament on March 5. It is now under review by the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
The bill poses a real danger to abortion rights, to the rights of all pregnant women, and to women's equality rights in general.
Please sign the following petition to call upon Parliament to oppose this bill. To review our Talking Points against the bill, visit http://www.arcc-cdac.ca/action/unborn-victims-act.htm
La "Loi sur les enfants non encore nés victimes d'actes criminel" (Projet C-484) a été adoptée en deuxième lecture au Parlement le 5 mars. Il fera maintenant l'objet d'un examen par le Comité permanent de la justice et des droits de la personne.
Ce projet de loi constitue un danger réel pour les droits de toutes les femmes enceintes et pour les droits des femmes en général.
Veuillez signer la pétition ci-dessous pour réclamer du Parlement qu'il rejette ce projet de loi. Pour en savoir plus, visitez:
I am starting this petition to make the local and state government aware that Casey Hospital is in dire need of funds in order to upgrade their Maternity Ward.
My name is Lisa Grave and I weigh 100kg and I am 4 and 1/2 months pregnant.
I was refused care at Casey hospital as I was apparently 'too overweight'.
This was devastating for my husband and I. It took me days to overcome the fact that I was told I was too fat to give birth at my local hospital!
Now instead of being able to travel 2 minutes to my local hospital, I will have to travel 40 minutes to a country hospital.
The population of Casey is growing larger every day as the below statistics show:
The City of Casey has consistently been one of Victoria’s fastest-growing municipalities over the past decade and a half.
The City of Casey is Victoria’s most populous municipality - the population is estimated at about 230,000, or 71,000 households (November 2007 estimate).
The population is expected to reach 350,000 by 2031, making it as big as Canberra is today.
About 146 people (52 new households) move in every week, equivalent to 7,600 people (2,700 households) every year.
Approximately 77 per cent of people are aged under 50 years, compared with 70% in metropolitan Melbourne.
About 16,800 children are aged 0 – 4. This equates to 7.8% of Casey’s population, compared with 6.3% in metropolitan Melbourne
Approximately 38,000 students are in primary and secondary schools
Australia’s largest Family Day Care Scheme
Victoria’s largest Maternal and Child Health Service
My aim is so the whole community will have access to their local hospital without being turned away and made to feel discriminated against.
Being a mum of 2, my firstborn son was born by elective caesarean due to lack of midwifery support. He was breech from 30 weeks+ and it was left too late for an ECV (turning of the baby) to work.
It was due to this midwifes late referal that the ECV failed, and the caesarean was pushed upon me.
There should be more support for women to labour naturally, even if caesarean is needed the woman should at least go into labour first. Breech births are heard of and is possible yet i was practically forced to make the caesarean choice.
Mississippi is voting to cut the education budget by $16 million. As we are number number one in illiteracy, highschool drop-outs and teen pregnancy in the country, how can the government consider trying to cut education?
The State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Henry Johnson states "In order to move Mississippi forward, education must be our first priortity. Today's children are the workforce and leaders of tomorrow."
On the inset of every White Pages telephone book in Australia is a listing of 24-hour emergency numbers such as poison information centre, alcohol and drug counselling, and the 000 of ambulance, fire and police. There is also the number for Pregnancy Counselling Australia, which appears to be a support service for women on the issue of pregnancy. In reality, the service is run by Right to Life Australia, a political, anti-choice organisation.
This telephone service is unlikely to give unbiased, independent counselling to women. The telephone lines at Pregnancy Counselling Australia are often diverted to the homes of volunteers who are unsupervised and not adequately trained to be "counselling". This service is misleading. It traumatises women and isolates those in need of support.
This petition asks Sensis, the corporation that manages the White Pages, to have Pregnancy Counselling Australia delisted.
California still has one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation. This results in serious implications for the teens, tax payers, their children and the community. 22% of teens giving birth in California had given birth previously. Up to 80% of parenting and pregnant teens drop out of high schooland aquire less skills to be self-sufficient. The majority of teen parents depend on welfare. Unemployment rates are high for teen parents. Medical complications, due to their age, and poor prenatal care are contributing to the high cost of our health care system.
Billions of dollars in State and Federal money is spent on teen pregnancy related issues.