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We chose to have our child abroad because maternity care is broken

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Yesterday’s news of the largest maternity scandal in the NHS’s history is a reminder of how history can repeat itself.

A leaked internal report from the NHS revealed the deaths of at least 42 babies and three mothers at Shrewsbury and Telford hospital between 1979 and 2017. In addition, more than 50 children also suffered permanent brain damage after being deprived of oxygen during birth. The investigation also identified 47 other cases of substandard care.

The NHS does an amazing job for the vast majority of maternity patients, but our own experience of care for our first child was so bad we decided to have our second child born abroad. Our daughter was turned after being found to be in transverse lie at 38 weeks and my wife was then told to go home. She ended up having to go back into hospital two days later when she moved again.

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