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Mother takes baby hip check campaign to RCM conference

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A mother campaigning for a standardised hip check for newborn babies will rub shoulders with top medical professionals and leading political figures when she addresses the Royal College of Midwives’ annual conference.

Oonagh Keith, from Wimbledon, south-west London, will join health secretary Andy Burnham, the Prime Minister’s wife Sarah Brown, and England’s Chief Nursing Officer Dame Christine Beasley at the event.

Mrs Keith, 44, wants all newborn babies to receive a standard check - carried out by an experienced professional - for developmental dysplasia of the hips (DDH).

Her two-year-old daughter Siomha was diagnosed with a dislocated hip in 2008, and could face a lifetime of operations.

“If it’s caught early, it’s one of those disabilities that doesn’t have to be a disability.” she said before the conference.

Mrs Keith will also join Professor Adrian Davis, director of the NHS’s NHS Newborn and Infant Physical Examination Programme (NIPE), at the conference in Manchester to talk about the importance of all babies receiving the same check.

Mrs Keith said: “I want them to know that early treatment and early prevention equals normal life. That’s all I want out of it”.

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