Government to review the current guidance in relation to pregnancy and Covid 19.

Government to review the current guidance in relation to pregnancy and Covid 19.

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Stephanie Hignett started this petition to Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

My daughter was stillborn at 37 weeks in October. I am a district nurse with no underlying health conditions working in the office when I caught Covid-19. I was unwell for four days but could manage at home. I attended the hospital with reduced movements three days later but Evelyn appeared well at first. I was monitored for five hours but as i was unhappy with Evelyn’s movements they decided to induce me. I walked round to delivery and again I was put on the monitor. The midwife struggled to find a heartbeat so I was scanned by the SHO and then the consultant. “I’m sorry that is no heartbeat”, he said. Evelyn had died. It had been fifteen minutes since we heard her heartbeat. Post-mortem results concluded that Covid-19 had attacked my placenta therefore restricting oxygen to Evelyn.

Since then I have been contacted by more women who have heard our story and their story is eerily similar to ours. They’ve been positive for Covid-19 but have been able to recover at home. They have all had placental issues caused by Covid-19. Thankfully some of their babies have survived due to emergency c-sections but sadly some have died.

I want the government alongside the RCOG to review the current guidance in relation to Pregnancy and Covid-19 risks. The guidance is based on research from March-April 2020 with a sample size of 427. It states that Covid-19 does not affect unborn babies. There is increasing evidence available stating that this is not true. Look at the up to date research and review the current guidance. Women and their unborn babies need to be protected. The rate of stillbirth is rising and this needs to change

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