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6th March 2020

Press Release: Baby Lifeline takes campaign to ‘save lives’ by reinstating Maternity Safety Training Fund to Downing Street


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Nursing Times: Call for new safety training fund in wake of maternity scandals

BBC South East: East Kent baby deaths: Grandfather in maternity safety training appeal

NMC: Response to Baby Lifeline campaign for maternity safety 

24th February 2020

Victoria Derbyshire: Maternity trusts ‘failing to train staff’ in emergencies – watch from 34:59

20th February 2020

BBC Radio4 Today: Baby Lifeline Executive Ambassador, James Titcombe, discusses the need to reinstate the maternity safety training fund. Listen from 53:26

Hudgell’s Solicitors: Born in Better Care. Why urgent action is needed to improve UK maternity care.

Kent Online: East Kent baby deaths: Baby Lifeline charity calls for government investment into NHS maternity training after scandal

The Independent: ‘I want Matt Hancock to look at this photograph’: Mother releases picture of her cradling stillborn baby who died because of NHS maternity failings

28th January 2020

New Homebirth Bags for Community Midwives at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust 

22nd January 2020 – Baby Lifeline National Maternity Safety Conference

Press Release: Baby Lifeline National Maternity Safety Conference

19th November 2019

Press release: Baby Lifeline’s response to ‘Largest maternity scandal in NHS history’

Independent – ‘Largest maternity scandal in NHS history’: Dozens of mothers and babies died on wards of hospital trust, leaked report reveals

Independent – follow up: Time to learn the lessons: how the NHS must now change – and what you can do to help

The Guardian – Leaked report exposes maternity scandal at Shropshire NHS trust

September 2019

Baby Loss Awareness Week 2019 – Coventry Cathedral Service

August 2019

The British Journal of Midwifery: Safer maternity care: addressing variation in community midwifery

30th April 2019

Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management: Saving Babies’ Lives – The drive to improve the safety of maternity services in England – Progress to date and what more needs to be done

24th April 2019

Derbyshire Times: Easter walk raises nearly £500 for Chesterfield Royal Hospital’s maternity unit

10th April 2019

Yahoo Style: How to have a home birth like Meghan Markle is rumoured to want

31st March 2019

Hanahan Herald: Home births: Community midwives trial ‘delivery bags’ 

27th March 2019

Rugby Observer: Bereaved Rugby mum on mission to ease ‘nightmare’ of stillbirths 

26th March 2019

Cumbria Crack: Wigton midwife joins forces with Call the Midwife stars

24th March 2019

The Luca Foundation: Mother’s bid to fund ‘cuddle cots’ for maternity units

15th March 2019

Press release: Baby Lifeline’s response to Saving Babies’ Lives Version Two: A Care Bundle for reducing Perinatal Mortality

13th March 2019

Potter Rees Dolan: Baby Lifeline launches trials of ‘community midwife bags’ around UK

11th March 2019

Yahoo! Style: Midwives are trialling new ‘delivery bags’ to help improve safety of home births

10th March 2019

BBC Wales: Home births: Community midwives trial ‘delivery bags’

7th March 2019

The Newham Recorder: TV’s Call The Midwife drama series has returned to its East End…

The Medway Messenger: Medway trials Call the Midwife-style kit bags

5th March 2019

MIDIRS: Baby Lifeline launch national community midwife bag trial

4th March 2019

Kent Online: Medway NHS Trust among those to trial Call the Midwife style equipment bags from charity Baby Lifeline


The Docklands & East London Advertiser: ‘Call the midwife’ to launch Royal London Hospital’s home birth kit 

3rd March 2019

The Sun on Sunday: NHS kits copy TV Midwife

2nd March 2019

The Daily Telegraph: Call the Midwife holdalls are just our bag; says NHS

1st March 2019

Press release: Baby Lifeline launch standardised community midwives bag with British TV stars Linda Bassett (Calendar Girls, Call the Midwife and Lark Rise to Candleford) and Leonie Elliott (Black Mirror, Call the Midwife and Danny and The Human Zoo).

Telegraph online: Midwife bags launched in the NHS for the first time inspired by ‘Call the Midwife’ prop

The Nursing Times: Trial launched of new community midwife equipment bag  (View as PDF)

11th February 2019

HSJ: In response to numerous cases of unsafe maternity and neonatal care, many initiatives have been introduced but their implementation remains inconsistent due to lack of training and funding, note James Titcombe and Bill Kirkup.

23rd January 2019

Southampton Solicitor, Gemma, Running Half Marathon for Charity Baby Lifeline

9th January 2019

Baby Lifeline Welcomes Mandatory Baby Heart Monitor Training in Scotland

BBC: Baby heart monitor training made mandatory in Scotland

8th January 2019

Baby Lifeline reaction to the NHS Long Term Plan: Baby Lifeline Welcomes the NHS Commitment to Comprehensive Maternity Training 

Nursing Times: NHS plan will see roll out of care bundles to reduce stillbirths

6th January 2019

Derbyshire Times: Baby competition aids Chesterfield Royal Hospital’s maternity unit

10th December 2018

The Daily Express: Maternity unit crisis: Newborns and mums in danger from lack of training

17th November 2018

The Telegraph: Bob Moran: ‘My daughter was failed at birth – her life could be very different today’

The Blackpool Gazette: Blackpool mum calls for Government to fund specialist 999 training: ‘If it wasn’t for Brent, we wouldn’t be here today’

Press coverage for the launch of ‘Mind the Gap – An Investigation into Maternity Training for Frontline Professionals Across the UK (2017/18)’

MIND THE GAP 2018 REPORT – Press release 

Mind the Gap 2018: An Investigation into Maternity Training for Frontline Health Professionals Across the UK (2017/18)

Mind the Gap 2018 infographic

Nursing Times: Lack of Frontline Training on Stillbirth Prevention

Metro Radio Newcastle: Charities say urgent maternity training is needed in the North East to help save babies’ lives 

Daily Express: Childbirth Mistakes Cost NHS £2.1bn

Daily Star: Blunders ‘kill mums’

Daily Mirror: Call for more training to cut baby deaths

Sunday Express: Childbirth mistakes cost the NHS £2.1bn

Belfast Telegraph: Northern Ireland’s £200k spending on training maternity staff is highest in UK: report

Sky News Sunrise: Interview with Baby Lifeline Founder, Judy Ledger, and CTG Course Lead, Edwin Chandraharan

BBC Midlands Today: Interview with Baby Lifeline Head of Research and Development, Sara Ledger. (Main story starts at 5:00, Sara’s interview from 07:30.)

Carluke Gazette: Lesmahagow MP calls for more cash to bring down baby death toll


4th July 2018

Press release: Mums-to-be having their babies at Ipswich Hospital are set to benefit after a national charity donated six special heartbeat monitors to the maternity unit. Read more.

Press coverage for the Jersey screening of You, Me & Him

Crowds materialise as David Tennant appears.

Celeb film screening raises thousands for baby monitor.

Jersey rolls out the red carpet for charity film screening. 

Red Carpet To Roll Out For Jersey Celebrity Charity Screening With David Tennant

15th June 2018

Baby Lifeline Founder, Judy Ledger, shares her story in the July issue of Candis Magazine and talks about why she started the charity. Read more.

8th June 2018

Baby Lifeline Founder, Judy Ledger, appeared on ITV Channel TV to talk about the work we do with Philip’s Footprints raising money for the Jersey Baby Bean Appeal to provide fetal monitors for Jersey maternity units. Click here to watch, the feature begins at 1min 10secs.

Head of Fundraising for Baby Lifeline, Jenny Snell, spoke to Cathy Le Feuvre on BBC Radio Jersey about our upcoming special screening of YOU, ME & HIM at Cineworld Jersey to raise funds with Philip’s Footprints for the Jersey Baby Bean Appeal. Have a listen at 33mins.

6th June 2018

Baby Lifeline Founder, Judy Ledger and Dr Will Parry-Smith featured on Channel 5 News to highlight that our Mind the Gap research shows hundreds of newborn babies in England are dying or being left with severe brain damage every year because of a lack of proper training in the NHS. Click here to watch.

5th June 2018


Dr Will Parry Smith on Victoria Derbyshire calling for more maternity safety training to reduce unnecessary baby deaths and harm. Click here to watch, feature at 15:55mins.

Mind the Gap: Consensus Statement

Baby Lifeline Report: Supporting Safer Maternity Care

Executive Summary: Training, What’s the Real Cost?

Mind the Gap: An Investigation into the Training Gap Between NHS Trusts in England

Mind the Gap: Infographic

23rd May 2018

Move with Mumma backs the Baby Lifeline Monitoring for Mums Appeal.

16th May 2018

Nursing and Midwifery Council Report: Baby Lifeline calls for more maternity training

Press coverage for the Birmingham Premiere of You, Me & Him 1st April (2) 1st April 

Stratford Herald 1st April 2018

Shropshire Star 1st April 2018

Express and Star 1st April 2018

The Birmingham Mail 31st March 2018

I Am Birmingham 31st March 2018 31st March 2018

Stratford Herald 30th March 2018

Heart Breakfast with Ed and Gemma 29th March 2018

BBC Midlands Today 28th March 2018 27th March 2018

Midlands Movies 21st March 2018

Hudgell Solicitors 13th March 2018

Den of Geek 22nd February 2018

Blogtor Who 18th February 2018

Birmingham What’s On 15th February 2018

Midlands Zone 15th February 2018

Heart West Midlands 13th February 2018

Coventry Telegraph 11th February 2018

Doctor Who Online 5th February 2018 5th February 2018

The Balsall Common Bugle Spring 2018


12th February 2018

David Tennant walks the red carpet with other stars for Birmingham Easter charity premiere – You, Me & Him

29th January 2018

Baby Lifeline Trustee, Will Parry-Smith, part of medical team who saved the lives of a mum and her baby daughter.

3rd January 2018

Baby Lifeline Founder, Judy Ledger’s personal story and call for M.U.M Awards nominations nationwide – Daily Mail

22nd December 2017

Call for Baby Lifeline M.U.M Awards nominations in Manchester Evening News

19th December 2017

Call for Baby Lifeline M.U.M Awards nominations in Kent Live

12th December 2017

Call for Baby Lifeline M.U.M Awards nominations in Cornwall Live

11th December 2017

Call for Baby Lifeline M.U.M Awards nominations in Newcastle Chronicle

Call for Baby Lifeline M.U.M Awards nominations in the Channel Islands –

8th December 2017

Huffington Post – What needs to be done to make childbirth safer?

30th November 2017

Glitzy Secrets announces support for Baby Lifeline

28th November 2017

Baby Lifeline Report: Supporting Safer Maternity Care

Executive Summary: Training, What’s the Real Cost?

18th September 2017

Peppa Pig and Strictly’s Lilia Kopylova help launch fundraising drive for Baby Lifeline at The Entertainer toy store

1st August 2017

Gateley Plc raises more than 50k for Baby Lifeline