Bring ‘The Whole Nine Months’ to the UK

Bring ‘The Whole Nine Months’ to the UK

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11 May 2022
Signatures: 243Next Goal: 500
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Why this petition matters

Started by Megan Mcgee

Professor John Newnham, a Senior Australian of the year decided to decrease the risk of preterm birth one day in 2013 after delivering a 24week old baby via a Caesarean section. John had enough information to roll out across the whole of Western Australia, a whole of state program called ‘The Whole Nine Months’.

He knew that at 19 weeks of pregnancy , the length of the cervix measured by ultrasound can predict when birth will occur, and if it’s shortened, there is treatment that may stop pre term labour. He came up with the idea to put this into action, and at every mid-pregnancy scan ( 20 weeks) across the whole of Western Australia, the length of your cervix would me measured to determine if you may go into labour early. 

In the first year, the rate of preterm birth fell by 8%, and by 20% in their major centre. 

John was then supported to roll the program out to the whole of Australia, and in June 2018 the Australian preterm birth Prevention Alliance was born. Australia is now the First Nation on earth to have a national program aimed at lowering this major complication of pregnancy. 

I am bringing this life saving petition to the UK. My son was delivered by natural delivery at 23 weeks in June 2021. My son had a minuscule birth survival rate, and I was shocked to discover he had survived. He is now almost 1, and after 252days in NICU and PICU, he is finally home. Although this may seem a happy ending, it is not. If ‘The Whole Nine Months’ was available in the UK, I most likely would’ve been warned my cervix was shortened, and could’ve prevented my sons delivery so preterm. Chay has many life long conditions and disabilities that will effect him forever. Chay is on nasal cannula oxygen due to chronic lung disease, he is on a continuous NJ feed due to reflux and an unsafe swallow, he had ROP (eye disorder), a PVL which resulted in extreme developmental delays, grade 4 IVH, metabolic bone disease, necrosis of his fingers due to difficult IV access, hearing loss, NEC which resulted in 7cm bowel removal, 2 inguinal hernias, Ventriculomegaly, and hydrocele. All of these heartbreaking conditions were due to spontaneous preterm birth. 

Please help us lower the preterm birth rate in the UK and help save so many babies lives like mine. This trauma could be prevented, for the baby and the parents. There is no reason why we can’t continue to expand this effect, and the rest of the world to follow.
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with love- Megan McGee. 

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Signatures: 243Next Goal: 500
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