A HOSPITAL is facing criticism for letting TV cameras film women at the moment they are told their unborn babies have died.
Rosie Maternity Hospital in Cambridge has given producers permission to install small cameras for a Channel 4 documentary about stillbirth.
A4 posters have been put up to alert patients but nurses have been told only to discuss the project if the women bring it up first.
Tara Bungard, who is nine weeks pregnant, was having treatment when she spotted the cameras and a microphone dangling above a bed.
The mum-of-three, a soprano with the BBC Singers, said: ‘At no point were these cameras pointed out to me.My baby is fine — but what if it had been the other way around?’
The 38-year-old from Ely claimed: ‘They are waiting till you have had awful news, and then ask. The project needs to be shut because it’s morally repugnant.’
Three women who had suffered stillbirths were asked whether footage of them could be used and all refused, it is understood. The charity Birthrights has written to the hospital raising ‘legal and moral questions’.
Jeremy Brockelsby, an obstetrics consultant at the hospital, said the aim of the project was to break the taboo surrounding stillbirth.
‘Unless we get this out to the public conversation it will go no further, it will remain taboo,’ he said. ‘Staff are not advised to say there’s cameras in rooms but if patients mention the notice then they will happily talk about it. I think there’s adequate notice.’
C4 said: ‘There is no covert filming — anyone approached will have the implications of taking part clearly explained. All contributors have the right to withdraw their consent. No one can ever view the footage without the express permission of the people filmed. If they don’t give permission, it is automatically deleted after several days. Staff are encouraged to discuss the filming with anyone who asks and it is possible to be seen in a non-filmed room.’