Chiswick Campaigner Launches Online Petition

To reduce the number of infant deaths and improve maternity care

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"'Sixteen jumbo jets crash killing everyone on board, 6500 lives lost' can you imagine that headline? Everyone would be talking about it, there would be a public outcry," Collette Murphy told "Well, in the UK, at least 17 babies die everyday that's almost 6500 babies every year."

Collette is is campaigning to reduce the number of babies dying and improve maternity care. "We want everyone to listen to the many families who have suffered the utter devastation of the death of their baby."

Quotes from three bereaved mums whose lives have changed forever:

“Archie is our beautiful angel and we will miss him so much” - Kym Marsh

“Walking away from the maternity hospital after being told your beautiful baby has died, is the longest walk you will every have to make, words and thoughts stop! Life stops. Words have no meaning I can not describe the array of emotions you experience with every painful step, you begin to realise that you will never hear your baby's first cry, your heart will forever bear the scars, of a mother whose child has passed away” – A bereaved Mum

“With regard to the review on Guidelines on Antenatal/Maternity Care, I personally believe that it is time now for NICE to sit up and listen to real people and not just to look at an inflexible uniform cost cutting conveyor belt system of antenatal care. I am happy to show my support and to be a voice for all women who use the service. Women should be able to have more scans, tests, choice and to feel safe and secure when pregnant, NICE needs to take into consideration when doing the review that it cannot be all about money but about real lives, real people and real futures. NICE needs to listen to us, to our voices. I am one of the voices” – Sonique

"We need society to understand that the parents whose lives are ripped apart because their baby dies; it is not only their baby that dies but also a future. Life will never be the same for those parents, families and friends; their lives will be changed forever. They are parents with empty arms and a lost future. This outrage has to stop and we are going to endeavour to reduce this horror."

Collette is asking for help by signing her petition. Please see

February 22, 2011