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Each Baby Counts

Each Baby Counts logoEach Baby Counts is the RCOG’s national quality improvement programme to reduce the number of babies who die or are left severely disabled as a result of incidents occurring during term labour.

In the UK, each year between 500 and 800 babies die or are left with severe brain injury – not because they are born too soon or too small, or have a congenital abnormality, but because something goes wrong during labour. The RCOG does not accept that all of these are unavoidable tragedies, and with the Each Baby Counts project we are committed to reducing this unnecessary suffering and loss of life by 50% by 2020.

Watch the video below to find out more about the background to Each Baby Counts and what we aim to achieve.

How Each Baby Counts will achieve its aims

Currently, stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries occurring due to incidents in labour are investigated at a local level. The Each Baby Counts project team will, for the first time, bring together the results of these local investigations to understand the bigger picture and share the lessons learned.

From 2015, we began collecting and analysing data from all UK units to identify lessons learned to improve future care. We will then be able to make recommendations on how to improve practice at a national level.

Data collection

Reporting a case?

To report a case, please use our secure online reporting system.

Need more information?

Visit our information for maternity service providers and lead reporters page for information about notifiable cases and answers to FAQs about data collection.

Why Each Baby Counts matters

Stillbirth, death of a newborn baby or the birth of a baby with brain injuries are life-changing events that significantly affect women and their families. Each Baby Counts is collating stories from affected families to demonstrate the devastating impact of these events.

Contact us

Visit our project governance page for more information about who is involved in the project.

If you have any questions about the Each Baby Counts project, please email eachbabycounts@rcog.org.uk or call +44 20 7772 6498.

For information about NHS Resolution's early notification scheme and to access their form, please visit the early notification scheme page.

 

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Online data collection portal

To report a case, please go to our secure online reporting system

Reports and project updates

Read our reports, previous project updates and sign up to receive regular newsletters about Each Baby Counts

Meet the team

Find out who’s involved in the Each Baby Counts Project, including local Lead Reporters