The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) is calling upon UK maternity services to report all cases of intrapartum stillbirth, early neonatal death and severe neonatal brain injury occurring as a result of incidents during term labour.
It forms part of its Each Baby Counts project - a five-year quality improvement initiative which aims to reduce the number of these tragic events by 50 per cent by 2020.
The RCOG will begin collecting and analysing data from all UK units to identify lessons learned to improve future care. They will then be able to make recommendations on how to improve practice at a national level.
Stillbirth rates in the UK remain high and current estimates suggest 500 to 800 babies a year die or are left severely disabled because of potentially avoidable harm in labour.
Bliss urges maternity providers to support this project by reporting and learning from tragic incidents that could have been avoided. We believe that all premature babies and their families should have the best possible care and support.
For parents or families seeking advice or support please call the Bliss helpline.