Prevent Stillbirth and Preterm Labour by Monitoring Women who have had Cervical Treatment

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On the 24th June 2019, at 26 weeks, my husband and I lost our baby girl. My cervix opened unexpectedly and infection got in. I had an emergency induction to get our baby out, but sadly it was all too much for her. Seeing our beautiful baby girl, Angel, lying peacefully in her pink flowery dress and knowing that we were not going to get to take her home was utterly heartbreaking and has left a void in our hearts that will never heal. 

We now know that her death was due to an 'Incompetent Cervix' caused by the LLETS (loop electrosurgical excision procedure) treatment that I had, following an abnormal smear test. Presently, there are NO specific guidelines in place for the monitoring of women who have had this procedure. Thousands of women receive treatment for abnormal cervical cells each year and very few are made aware of the potential risks associated with this procedure. Research provided by Tommy's and Cancer Research suggests that many women are treated unnecessarily for changes that would otherwise have gone back to normal. When I had this treatment in 2015, I was not made aware that the treatment posed a potential risk in pregnancy. 

During my pregnancy, I received no extra monitoring. I went into hospital on three different occasions, displaying symptoms including, back pain, light bleeding and vaginal pressure. Had an internal scan been carried out, the scan would have identified shortening of the cervix and a life saving stitch could have been placed. 

My husband and I are campaigning for clear guidelines to be put in place for the monitoring of pregnant women who have had cervical treatment. Some hospitals have already implemented the changes needed, but it should be compulsory for all hospitals to monitor women at risk, more carefully. Women SHOULD receive cervical length scans from 14 to 26 weeks. These scans will identify potential cervical weakness and ensure that appropriate treatment is administered before the problem escalates. 

1/4 of preterm deliveries are due to cervical weakness. Many of these babies do not survive. Please help us to prevent parents from experiencing the avoidable loss of a baby by signing our petition. Innocent babies' lives can be saved!