Andrew and Rachel Can­ter fight for bet­ter ma­ter­nity ser­vices

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

WHEN ANDREW and Rachel Can­ter’s son Jake was still­born in 2005, the cou­ple were heartbroken. But at the end of last month, on what should have been Jake’s sec­ond birth­day, they cre­ated some­thing pos­i­tive out of the tragedy — the Na­tional Ma­ter­nity Sup­port Foun­da­tion. The char­ity seeks to main­tain and im­prove ma­ter­nity ser­vices and pro­mote re­search into still­birth and neona­tal death.

In 2005, the Wel­wyn-based cou­ple chose to use a birthing cen­tre in Edg­ware, Mid­dle­sex, hav­ing been told it was a seven-minute am­bu­lance jour­ney to Barnet Gen­eral Hospi­tal. But Mrs Can­ter was re­fused ad­mis­sion when Jake’s heart­beat de­cel­er­ated. She had to go to Chase Farm Hospi­tal, where Jake was still­born.

Mr Can­ter tells Peo­ple: “I don’t think ma­ter­nity ser­vices have im­proved [since then]. The the­ory is that larger hos­pi­tals save lives, but with ma­ter­nity, we are not talk­ing about ill peo­ple.” The cou­ple have been work­ing with the Royal Col­lege of Mid­wives to send the char­ter to Alan John­son, Sec­re­tary of State for Health.


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