Each year in the UK, the number of babies born at term who die or are left severely brain-damaged has been estimated at 500 to 800. The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists was concerned to establish more robust data and to learn what improvements could be made to prevent those incidents occurring during labour that cause these outcomes.
“Each Baby Counts” is the RCOG‘s quality improvement programme aimed at reducing the number of such incidents by 50% by 2020. As part of the programme, since January 2015, the results of “local risk management reviews” have been collected and collated to produce a national picture. The results of these have now been published in Each baby counts: Key messages from 2015.
The report, with its assessment of the scale of the problem and the deficiencies in reporting methods, has now been published. It will be the first of many.
You can download the report from the website: Each baby counts: Key messages from 2015.