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RCOG statement: NHS England publish Saving Babies’ Lives care bundle

News 21 March 2016

Today NHS England publish Saving Babies’ Lives, a care bundle for reducing stillbirth. The care bundle is designed to provide further support for NHS maternity services in meeting the Government’s national ambition to halve the rates of stillbirth by 2030, with a 20% reduction by 2020.  

Dr David Richmond, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said:

“The Saving Babies’ Lives care bundle is a bold step towards introducing many evidence-based and policy recommendations in maternity care towards the goal of reducing stillbirth in the UK. The focus has been placed on key areas where we believe a difference can be made; smoking cessation, growth restriction, reduced fetal movements and effective intrapartum fetal monitoring.

“The RCOG Each Baby Counts project collects data on all intrapartum term stillbirths and will be one of many ways to monitor the impact of the care bundle. We will also be leading the new National Maternity and Perinatal Audit which will provide data and identify areas where we need to focus on improving care for women and their newborns.

“The impact of stillbirth on parents and professionals is well known to anyone faced with such a devastating event and the RCOG is committed to working collaboratively on both research and audit and training for healthcare professionals in order to achieve a substantial reduction in the UK stillbirth rate.”

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For media enquiries please contact the RCOG press office on 020 7772 644 or email pressoffice@rcog.org.uk

Notes

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is a medical charity that champions the provision of high quality women’s healthcare in the UK and beyond. It is dedicated to encouraging the study and advancing the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology. It does this through postgraduate medical education and training and the publication of clinical guidelines and reports on aspects of the specialty and service provision.

The RCOG’s Each Baby Counts national quality improvement programme was launched in October 2014 and is a major five-year project to reduce the number of stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries occurring as a result of incidents during term labour by 50% by 2020.

The National Maternity and Perinatal Audit, commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) will evaluate the quality of care received by women and newborns cared for by hospital services across England, Wales and Scotland. Its aim is to assess and improve the organisation and quality of maternity services as well as provide timely, high quality data that compares the care provided and outcomes achieved by providers of maternity care across a range of audit measures.