Appeal for mums who gave birth on the A259

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Hospital campaigners are appealing for mothers who may have had their babies in cars or ambulances on the A259 road to the Conquest to get in touch.

The Save the DGH campaign group says there were three recent such births and is continuing its call for consultant-led maternity services to return to the DGH.

“How terribly frightening each of these must have been for the parents involved,” said a spokesperson.

“The trust provides data for these births in an ambulance or car but we believe there are more that either get to the Conquest just in time, or are delivered in the mother’s home while awaiting transport to Hastings or Brighton.

“It’s proved rather difficult for us to know exactly how many similar incidents have happened and we are concerned we may not be hearing of as many traumatic births on route from the DGH as there actually are.”

“With 1,800 births a year in the past being the norm for our DGH now reduced to around only 350 at the excellent midwife-led maternity unit, it’s a lot of local parents having to make an absolutely rotten journey to the Conquest to give birth.”

Send details to info@savethedgh.org.uk