If something went wrong in your maternity or neonatal care at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals or University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, you can go to the advocate for help.
Your advocate may be able to support you whether your experience was recently or some time ago, she can:
- Your baby died before they were born and this was after 24 weeks of pregnancy.
- Your baby has died in the days or weeks after they were born.
- The baby’s mother has died.
- You had an unexpected or unplanned removal of your womb (within 6 weeks of giving birth).
- You had care in a critical care unit or an intensive care unit and this wasn’t planned.
- Your baby has a brain injury or the team thought they might have.
If any of these things have happened to you or those close to you then your advocate is here for you and your family. They can:
- Help support you and your family to be listened to and heard by maternity and neonatal care teams.
- Go to meetings with you.
- Support you to understand what happened in your care.
- Support you through investigation and complaints processes.
You do not need to be sure if there were mistakes or negligence in the mother or baby’s care to ask for support. If the advocate is not the best person to support you, they will tell you about other support that is available for you.