Fetal Movements Study

Teddy’s Wish are delighted to fund a new study with Sands and Tommy’s which will look at the cost effectiveness of a package of care for pregnant women for reduced movements.

The study will be led by Dr Elizabeth Camacho at the University of Manchester and builds on the work of AFFIRM ,a study we part funded in 2014 which tested whether stillbirths are reduced by this package of  care.

A reduction in a baby’s movements can be a warning sign of problems in pregnancy.

This new study combines promoting awareness of fetal movements among pregnant women, with a focussed treatment approach when women report a reduction in their baby’s movements.

It is important to find out if the care package is cost-effective or not because it will inform decisions about whether to implement the care package across the UK in other NHS Trusts. It will estimate the costs of providing the care package and also the cost of interventions such as scans or induction of labour which may be used more or less as a consequence of the care package.

The study will explore how much it might cost to roll out the package of care across the NHS and how many stillbirths may be prevented at that scale.

We hope that the care package resulting from this study will raise further awareness of the risks of reduced movement in pregnancy and ensure more babies will be delivered safely.

Teddy’s Wish have contributed £7,500 towards the study