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Executive summary

Each Baby Counts is a national quality improvement programme led by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) to reduce the number of babies who die or are left severely disabled as a result of incidents occurring during term labour.

In individual maternity units, these events are rare and it is therefore difficult to see clear patterns or identify how best to avoid them.

The Each Baby Counts programme brings together the results of local investigations across all 4 nations of the UK into stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries occurring during term labour to understand the bigger picture, share the lessons learned and prevent babies from dying or suffering brain injuries in the future.

This report presents key findings based on the analysis of data relating to the care given to mothers and babies throughout the UK in 2018. It also takes a retrospective look at the key learning points and the impact of Each Baby Counts over time since its inception.