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The learning and legacy of Each Baby Counts

In this report, the Each Baby Counts project team presents findings from qualitative work exploring stakeholders’ reflections on the Each Baby Counts programme, with a focus on 4 main topics:

1. Drivers and aims of Each Baby Counts

2. Value and impact

3. Functional limitations

4. Closure of Each Baby Counts and practical recommendations for future work.

The key learning points are summarised below. You can read more in detail in the main section for The learning and legacy of Each Baby Counts.

Key learning points

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Raising the profile

The work of Each Baby Counts has raised the profile of maternity safety and the importance of the cohort of babies included in the programme.

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Secondary uses of Each Baby Counts criteria

The use of Each Baby Counts definitions by multiple agencies is testament to the wider impact and value of the programme.

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Transformation of findings into action

Implementation of Each Baby Counts recommendations is key to improving maternity safety. Thus far, little demonstrable action has been taken in widely implementing recommendations to change practice.

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International learning

Learning from Each Baby Counts is shared globally through the RCOG network of Members and Fellows working towards the shared goal of reducing morbidity and mortality.