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Key clinical findings

Babies reported to Each Baby Counts

Final results for babies born in 2017 who were reported to Each Baby Counts.

651,587

Term babies born in the UK in 2018

1145

Eligible babies reported

687

Babies fully reported and the reviews appraised by at least 1 reviewer as containing sufficient information for assessment.*

* The final number of reports uploaded and reviewed was severely impacted by COVID-19, and thus reviews completed by only one reviewer were included for more representation. In previous years, this would have been at least 2 reviewers.

 

How many babies?

Figure 2 for Each Baby Counts final progress report 2020

Note: These categories are mutually exclusive. Babies with a severe brain injury who died within the first 7 days of life are classified as early neonatal deaths.

The total number of babies that fulfilled the Each Baby Counts criteria in 2018 was 1145. Of these:

11% Intrapartum stillbirths
121 babies

14% Early neonatal deaths
165 babies

75% Severe brain injuries
859 babies

In total, 1145 babies born in 2018 who met the eligibility criteria for Each Baby Counts were reported.

There were 121 intrapartum stillbirths, and a further 165 babies born alive following labour but who died within the first 7 days after birth.

There were 859 babies who met the Each Baby Counts eligibility criteria for severe brain injury.

The Each Baby Counts definition of severe brain injury is based on information available within the first 7 days after birth.

However, it is not known how many of these babies will have a significant long-term disability as a result of the injuries sustained during birth.

 

Parental involvement in reviews

Parental involvement in local reviews containing sufficient information:

Infographic showing parental involvement in local reviews containing sufficient information: 70% Invited to contribute to the review; 23% Made aware of the review and/or informed of the outcome; 7% No involvement in the review

  • 70% Invited to contribute to the review
  • 23% Made aware of the review and/or informed of the outcome
  • 7% No involvement in the review

One aspect that the Each Baby Counts reports consider is parental involvement during the local review process.

The figures in this latest report show that parents were invited to contribute to the local review in 70% of cases, compared with 50% in 2017.

The Each Baby Counts project has always highlighted the importance and need for parental involvement in local reviews, and while the 2018 figures are encouraging, they also show that 7% of parents were not involved in the review process, indicating the need for more to be done.

Future work should address this to ensure that all parents are informed of the local review and have the opportunity to be involved if they wish.

Care impacts outcomes

74%

Proportion of babies for whom different care might have resulted in a different outcome:

Infographic showing different care for Each Baby Counts babies might have given 74% a different outcome

 

The proportion of babies for whom different care might have resulted in a different outcome was 74%, based on our reviewers’ assessments.

This is in line with previous years’ Each Baby Counts reports and comparable investigations.