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To: Secretary of State for Health - Jeremy Hunt

Cut Stillbirth Rates by Half

Cut Stillbirth Rates by Half

Tragically, more than 3000 babies are stillborn in the UK every year, but, experts say many of these lives could be saved by offering some simple extra scans and measures.

Jeremy Hunt, please offer all pregnant women Doppler scans and GAP as part of their antenatal care.

Why is this important?

Offering women Doppler scans to measure blood flow between the placenta and foetus, could cut the number of stillbirths each year by 50%. Another method of monitoring, which could cut the number by a further 22%, is the Growth Assisted Protocol (GAP). This works by giving each mother a customised growth chart to help ascertain the expected size that her baby should be throughout her pregnancy, so if the baby's growth falls then the mother is given extra, and potentially life saving, scans.

Our Story

Our daughter Sophie Louise Kirk was stillborn on 11th March 2016 after a period of reduced movement, it was the hardest day of our life, and she was just perfect. Since Sophie's death I set up a Facebook support group called 'Sophie's Angels' to help other grieving families, and a Facebook page called 'Our Angel Sophie' as a way of remembering our baby girl.

Sophie would have likely been saved by either Doppler scans or GAP as she passed away from placental insufficiency, (possibly caused by a blood clotting disorder).


Reasons for signing

  • My mum had a stillborn 💔💔💔
  • No one should have to go through this pain.
  • No parent should suffer loss of a child if it is possibly preventable. All pregnant women should gave the fullest possible information about potential problems, be carefully monitored, and offered appropriate tests.


2018-01-17 14:39:15 +0000

I am overwhelmed by the amount of people who care enough to sign! Please, please also share this and ask others to sign. I have just heard that Sophie's Story will also be shared on Kent Live, and I'll update when I can. Please join and share the page as it would mean so much to me!

2018-01-16 14:42:14 +0000

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2018-01-15 15:39:56 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2018-01-13 13:22:32 +0000

We are in the Mirror Online again today!

2018-01-13 10:33:32 +0000

We are going to be in the National press again today! Talking about the things that you shouldn't say to a loss mum!

2018-01-12 12:41:40 +0000

We made the Mirror Online Newspaper yesterday!!!

2018-01-11 17:15:10 +0000

500 signatures reached

2018-01-08 12:04:03 +0000

The Mirror Online Newspaper are going to be running Sophie's Story and promoting this petition! If you have experienced stillbirth and would like to also join Sophie's Angels support group then please visit

2018-01-05 11:43:05 +0000

I am also going to be contacting the National Press about this as media coverage would certainly help this issue to get recognised.

2018-01-05 10:50:40 +0000

100 signatures reached

2018-01-04 15:35:05 +0000

50 signatures reached

2018-01-04 14:00:34 +0000

25 signatures reached

2018-01-04 13:30:19 +0000

10 signatures reached