Obstetrics / Medical problems

Diabetes and stillbirth

Stillbirth as a result of undiagnosed gestational diabetes

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Danielle was found to have an intra-uterine fetal death at 35 weeks. The post mortem showed that the baby had been suffering from the effects of undiagnosed gestational diabetes. Danielle alleged that the failure to diagnose the diabetes earlier constitutes negligent care. PMS Expert Report noted that if the diabetes had been diagnosed earlier, the fetal death would have been avoided. Danielle's doctor had already written admitting liability for his error in not recognising the abnormal fasting blood glucose level earlier in the pregnancy. However, the midwives acted reasonably given that no signs of gestational diabetes had been identified by the time they looked after Danielle. The case has been settled.

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