The Each Baby Counts assessors have concluded that in 24% of Each Baby Counts babies, different care might not have made a difference to the outcome. In such circumstances, maternity teams must ensure a robust, thorough, open and honest review is undertaken.
By undertaking a high-quality transparent review, healthcare providers and parents will gain more understanding that the care provided to their baby was appropriate and thorough, and therefore the family may be less likely to apportion blame, or lose faith in, the system.
It is important to stress that, as the number of babies whose outcome might have been different with different care falls, the relative proportion of babies for whom different care might not have made a difference will rise in the years to come. That being said, future research should also be focused towards reducing the numbers of these babies.