The Royal College of Midwives said that more could be done to prevent stillbirths by monitoring pregnant women more, to identify babies that could be saved through early delivery.
A recent report by MBRACE, published in June 2015, revealed the continued trend of fewer stillbirths and neonatal deaths between January and December 2013.
However, the RCM has stressed that more needs to be done to offer more care to pregnant women within certain groups, to assist with reducing the rate of stillbirths.
Director for Midwifery at the Royal College of Midwives, Louise Silverton said: “When the recent MBRACE report was published, we stressed that there are clearly large numbers of women who should have additional surveillance throughout pregnancy.
“This includes those under 20 and over 40, women who are non-white whether UK born or not and those from socially disadvantaged groups.”
According to MBRACE, stillbirths and neonatal deaths have been declining year-on-year since 2003.
Louise Silverton also highlighted that maternity services should support women who see a midwife late into their pregnancy or haven’t attended their appointments.
“There is also a pressing need to [sic] for maternity services to be reaching out to women who are only engaging with maternity services late into their pregnancy or are poor attenders at appointments,” she added.
The latest report from MBRACE can be found here.