This expectant mum thankfully knew her baby’s movements were something she should be conscious of, having been warned by her doctor and student midwife.

Her student midwife urged her to go to the hospital for foetal monitoring when she mentioned she had decreased activity.

Doctors quickly discovered the baby was in distress and needed to come out, so she underwent an emergency C-section.

“I wasn’t expecting to go down the way it did,” the new mum admits to 9 honey.

“I expected a natural birth, so I hadn’t really researched anything or prepared my hospital bag for the C-section. It was a little harder than I expected, but it’s how it had to be.”

“He’s my first child, and the experience definitely wasn’t what I was expecting, but it was good that the hospital was on top of it all and made sure he was safe.”

Her story highlights the importance of mums-to-be, and their healthcare providers, paying close attention to changes in a baby’s movements during pregnancy.

The mum credits her student midwife, who’d been following her pregnancy and accompanying her to the various appointments, for urging her to act fast.

“I probably wouldn’t have gone to the hospital until the hospital had told me to go in. But she told me, ‘No, that’s not normal, you need to go in,’” she says.

Glad it was a positive outcome!

I had decreased activity in the late stages of pregnancy with my first son (14yrs ago) who was actually diagnosed with a heart condition 6hrs after his birth.

But doctor’s always kept telling me the lack of movement was NOT a sign of anything sinister and had nothing to do with his condition.

Hopefully they now watch closer and take it into account much more seriously.

Did you notice a change in your babies movement in the late stages?

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  • I’m glad their story ended up a happy one.


  • Well done indeed student midwife. So glad it was a good outcome.


  • Good on midwife and good on mum for listening and noticing her own body.
    I had decreased movements as well and I am so glad I listened to my body as well or my baby wouldn’t not have been with us today.

    • Similar situation – intuition kicked in!


  • Definitely noticed a marked change in movement.


  • Mine kicked up a storm but had a sleep wake cycle developed well before bub was born.


  • Sounds the student midwife was on to it, but the mum herself just as much, by paying close attention to changes in a baby’s movements !


  • I think they suggest to monitor the movements over a period of time in case the baby is sleeping hence little movement. Student midwife is definitely in the right field of work!


  • Good on the student midwife and the mum for following her advice. Afraid mine came out kicking and screaming as the saying goes.


  • Thankfully never have had this happen to me. Really good her student midwife was onto it!


  • She’s got a good attitude to it all, too.


  • I never noticed any changes in movement. So glad the outcome for her was a good one


  • Glad this student midwife was on the ball, well done!


  • Every time I felt that there a decrease in movement or activity I would inform my Dr and they would do ultrasound and tests it’s serious


  • I’m confused, it says this baby was her first, then later mentions she has a 14 yo. I remember being given a chart to write down times of when baby was active and how active. That was with my first baby in 1990, so surely it’s run of the mill information now to monitor baby’s movements…….


  • Great work student midwife and so happy it was a happy ending.


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