The MBRACE UK perinatal confidential enquiry report for 2015 says that one in 200 babies is stillborn, with one third occurring when the pregnancy has reached full term in the UK.
In the report, which was created by a team of 133 academics, clinicians, and charity representatives from MBRACE UK, “key steps” have been identified for hospitals to improve care for women and babies.
It also states that there has been an overall improvement in the rates of stillbirths and neonatal deaths, but a wide variation in rates remain across the UK.
In response to the report, Director for Midwifery at the Royal College of Midwives, Louise Silverton, said training is already being carried out across the UK for midwives to identify and report foetal growth abnormalities.
“It is hoped the initiatives recommended in this report and the training already being carried out across the UK, will provide the impetus for a more systematic approach from midwives, in the detection and reporting of both foetal growth retardation and in responding to women’s concerns regarding changes in their pattern of foetal movement.
“We owe it to women and their families to do everything we can to prevent avoidable antenatal stillbirths.”
To read the full report, visit the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit website.
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