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Every Mum Matters Campaign Launch (January 2022)

Ask a Midwife and COVID-19 Vaccination (December 2021)

Progress update LMS Maternity IT System (July 2021)

National news stories 2022

COVID vaccine: Pregnant women urged not to delay getting jab BBC News January 2022

National videos 2022 

Your COVID vaccine concerns answered BBC News Reality Check January 2022

National news stories 2021

Inquest planned for new mums who died from herpes BBC News December 2021

New mothers who died of herpes could have been infected by one surgeon BBC News November 2021

Poppy Harris: Milton Keynes coroner warns over forceps use Guardian October 2021

Covid: stillbirth and prematurity risks may be higher in pregnancy BBC News May 2021

Mental health: More help for new and expectant mothers in England BBC News April 2021

Miscarriage rates over 40% higher in black women, study suggests BBC News April 2021

Shrewsbury baby deaths prompt midwife recruitment drive BBC News March 2021

Pregnancy in lockdown: The babies born into a pandemic BBC News March 2021

Culture of blame holding back maternity safety, report finds BBC News July 2021

Down's syndrome abortion law doesn't respect my life BBC News July 2021

Pregnant women urged to get jab as majority unvaccinated BBC News July 2021

National news stories 2020

Maternity scandal report calls for urgent changes in England's hospitals - Report on Shrewsbury and Telford failings includes series of immediate actions for all maternity services Guardian December 2020

Birth in a pandemic: 'You are stronger than you think' BBC News April 2020 

NHS faces huge clinical negligence legal fees bill BBC News January 2020

Architect of “Better Births” report to witness transformation of maternity care Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - 8 January 2020

Shropshire baby deaths: 'This review is our babies' legacy'  BBC News November 2019 onwards

Leading Royal Colleges urge the NHS to learn lessons and avoid redeploying maternity staff ahead of second wave RCOG 30 September 2020 

National videos 2021

Covid and pregnancy - should you get the vaccine? BBC News May 2021

Delta variant: New research shows increased risk to pregnant women BBC News July 2021

National videos 2020

'Miracle baby' born after womb transplant BBC News January 2020

2019-07-03 (7)

Your baby is now officially an embryo and is about the size of a poppy seed.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/4-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

2019-07-03 (4)

Your baby is now the size of a kidney bean and weighs 1g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/8-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

2019-07-03 (6)

Welcome to the second trimester!

Your baby is about the size of a small lime and weighs approximately 14g.

You have hopefully seen your midwife for your 'booking in' appointment, if you have not yet seen a midwife please make an appointment quickly, so you can have all of your choices about screening tests explained and offered to you.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/12-weeks-pregnant/ for more information. You can also link to the 'Pregnancy Journey' area here.  


Your baby is about the size of an avocado and weighs approximately 100g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/16-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

2019-07-03 (2)

Your baby has grown in length and is now the length of a small banana and weighs approximately 300g. Around this time you will be offered your '20 week' scan, also known as the 'anatomy' or 'anomaly' scan.Click here for more information about screening. 

This is a also a good time to talk and sing to your bump as your baby can now hear sounds. This is great way for you and your partner/family to bond with your baby.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/20-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

2019-07-03 (8)

Your baby has grown again to the approximate length of an ear of sweetcorn and weighs about 600g. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/24-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

2019-07-03 (1)

Welcome to the third trimester!

Your baby is now approximately the weight of an aubergine; about 1kg and approximately 37cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/28-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

2019-07-03 (3)

Your baby now weighs approximately the same as a coconut; around 1.5kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/32-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

2019-07-03 (5)

Your baby is now around the same size as a lettuce, approximately 47cm long and weighs around 2.6kg. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/36-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.

2019-07-03 (9)

Your baby is now the weight of a small watermelon which is approximately 3.3kg and around 50cm in length. 

Please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/40-weeks-pregnant/ for more information.