We're celebrating #MovementsMatter's first birthday. The film has reached over 6 million people so far, many of who have emailed, messaged and called us to say how it helped their family.
Movements Matter saved lives
Watch our film to find out about some of the women who followed our advice (and their instincts), and the babies that are here today because of it:
'Since we launched the movements matter campaign we have received many emails and Facebook posts from mums telling us their stories. Alerting mums to monitor their baby’s movements and to hear about them acting on concerns without delay has saved babies’ lives and empowered mums to seek the help they need. I want to thank parents for sending in their stories but most of all for speaking up when they have concerns. It’s as true today as it’s always been – mum knows best!' Jane Brewin, Tommy's Chief Executive
What's next for #MovementsMatter?
We won't stop until everyone knows that babies’ movements don't slow down towards the end of pregnancy and babies don’t ‘run out of room’. We will continue to support mums and encourage them to trust their instincts.
'I wish I was told to keep an eye on movements. I wish I never listened to the old wives' tale that babies run out of room.' Chelsea
What can you do?
Keep sharing the film and #MovementsMatter message. Together, we can save even more lives.
If you notice any change in movements, tell your midwife as soon as possible.
'It saved my son's life. Even though I did feel like I was needlessly wasting the hospital's time, I'm so glad I did.' Agatha
Frankie's first pregnancy was low risk, largely problem free. At 38 weeks and 2 days, Frankie experienced reduced movements and sadly baby Esme was stillborn. With small children in her wider family, Frankie turned to books to try and explain the tragic loss of Esme - but couldn't find anything suitable. It was then that she created the beautifully illustrated book 'These Precious Little People', for families affected by the death of a baby.
Are you worried about your baby’s reduced movements? This leaflet outlines the care that you should expect to receive, depending on which stage of the pregnancy you are at.