The Saving Babies’ Lives – A care bundle for reducing stillbirths offers guidelines for providers, commissioners and professionals to assist with lowering the number of stillbirths in England.
According to the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), the rate of stillbirths in England is higher than other western European countries.
Office of National Statistics figures show that the rate of stillbirths in England was 4.7 per 1,000 births in 2014.
In response to the guidelines, Chief Executive of the RCM Cathy Warwick said: “Maternity services in England are among the safest in the world and our stillbirth rate is low. However, in the numbers of stillbirths we still lag behind other western European countries, and this is not acceptable.
“The four key interventions outlined by NHS England are key to ensuring consistent care and in helping to reduce stillbirths. We must all be striving to reduce stillbirths as much as is possible. All trusts should be working to the same standards of care and we would expect them to use this guidance to provide the best possible care to mothers, babies and their families.”
The guidelines will be redefined, following analysis of responses, before being updated and republished in April 2017.
“This guidance should make a difference and help to prevent families experiencing the tragedy of their baby being stillborn. However to get the maximum benefit we must make sure the right resources are in place. The Royal College of Midwives looks forward to working to ensure the highest quality of care is provided for all mothers and their babies,” Cathy Warwick added.
Saving Babies’ Lives – A care bundle for reducing stillbirth can be found in .pdf format here:
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