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Paul Sankey: Amanda Holden and the Dangers of Childbirth

The story of Amanda Holden’s difficult experience of childbirth is a reminder both; that giving birth remains one of the high risk times in life but also that we are fortunate to have in the NHS a source of generally high quality healthcare. News reports suggest that her life was saved by NHS care at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital after her low-lying placenta (placenta praevia) caused a devastating haemorrhage.
Reading nineteenth century novels, women dying in childbirth is a common theme and a reminder that this is in fact one of the high risk points of life. Fortunately improvements in healthcare over the twentieth century have made childbirth much safer and stories of people suffering life-threatening crises in childbirth are happily quite rare. Nevertheless they do exist. I am currently dealing with a tragic case where mismanagement of a haemorrhage led to the mother’s death and our team investigates numerous cases where babies have been left seriously brain-damaged after the traumas of birth.
Seeing the start of a new life when a baby born is for many of us one of the most awe-inspiring experiences of life, particularly when it is our own child. Amanda Holden’s close encounter with death is a reminder that childbirth still has its risks. Thankfully with generally high levels of care on the NHS most parents have happier experiences than hers.Paul Sankey is a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence. If you or a member of your family have a clinical negligence enquiry please call our expert clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9049, fill in our short online claim form or email and one of our specialist clinical negligence team will be in touch.