The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity (SANDS) is 40 years old this year, and one volunteer with SANDS Gwynedd is marking the milestone by campaigning for a pregnancy simulator machine that can be used when training doctors in North Wales.
Llinos Eames Jones from Caernarfon is calling for this state of the art resource for Ysbyty Glan Clwyd where every baby born before 32 weeks is sent regardless of where they live in North Wales.
The machine was created to train doctors to spot potential problems in pregnancy so that those problems can be addressed early on in order to prevent the premature birth of babies, which can result in loss of life.
The number of babies stillborn each week has reduced from 17 to 15, but this figure is still too high. Llinos Eames Jones from SANDS Gwynedd said: “There are far too many babies dying from complications that could have been solved had doctors been aware of the situation sooner.
“Many hospitals in Wales have this machine with more due to receive one and it is very important that Glan Clwyd gets one too. All very premature babies are sent there, therefore it is a matter of vital importance to everyone in north Wales.”
Mari Lois, the baby daughter of Llinos Eames Jones and her husband was stillborn 18 years ago, and SANDS Gwynedd has raised more than £90,000 to fund things like a bereavement room in Ysbyty Gwynedd and Glan Clwyd for parents who have lost a baby.
Siân Gwenllian, AM for Arfon, said: “The recent news that 20 doctors will be trained in Bangor from next year means that we need the best training resources possible.
“Many people are unaware that all babies born early in Gwynedd are sent to Glan Clwyd, therefore it is vitally important that this resource is brought to North Wales so that our future doctors are given the opportunity to use this machine as part of their training.”