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Saving Babies Lives: Reducing Still Birth

Monday 4 February 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Saving Babies Lives: Reducing Still Birth
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The Each Baby Counts Report released on 13 November 2018 shows that different care might have led to a different outcome in almost three quarters of stillbirths, neonatal deaths and severe brain injuries included in the review. There was an average of seven contributory factors per incident and this shows the complex relationship between clinical and non-clinical factors. In almost half (45%) of the affected babies, guidelines and best practice were not followed. 

“there is still more to do to ensure every mother and child receives the world-class care they deserve as part of our ambition to halve the rates of stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries caused during and after birth by 2025.”Health Minister, Jackie Doyle-Price, 13 November 2018

“15 babies die every day in the UK before, during or shortly after birth. The rates of stillbirths have fallen a little in recent years, after decades of stagnation. But the number of babies dying remains too high and must fall faster: the rate of reduction in the UK is up to three times slower than other European countries; neonatal deaths have even risen slightly in the last two years.” Sands 2018

“Variations in rates between Trusts and Health Boards remain, although the variation in the stillbirth rate between Trusts and Health Boards delivering similar levels of care is now less marked than in the past. Nevertheless, there is still room for improvement as our average rate of stillbirths and neonatal deaths is still higher than in many other similar European countries. This fact, together with the findings from recent MBRRACE-UK confidential enquiries, suggest that with further improvements to the organisation and systems of care provided to mothers and their babies, a continuing reduction mortality rates is indeed possible.” MBRRACE-UK: Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK, 15th June 2018

“All hospitals should carry out local reviews on every death to understand what happened, why the death occurred and how they can improve care to prevent similar deaths in the future” MBRRACE-UK: Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK, 15th June 2018

“Sadly this latest report from Each Baby Counts shows that different care might have made a difference to the outcome for almost three-quarters of affected babies. This highlights that much work is still needed to ensure healthcare professionals are supported to implement recommendations. We are committed improving maternity safety and want to do everything possible to prevent these tragedies that can have a life-long and devastating impact on families.” Mr Edward Morris, Co-Investigator of Each Baby Counts and Vice President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 13 November 2018

This conferences focuses on the important issue of Saving Babies Lives: Reducing Stillbirth.  The stillbirth rate in the UK is high relative to other similar European Countries, it has been demonstrated that the implementation of key interventions can lead to reductions in the stillbirth rate in line with the national ambition to reduce the number of stillbirths, neonatal deaths, maternal deaths and brain injuries that occur during or soon after birth by 50% by 2030 and by 20% by 2020.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to deliver best practice in the prevention of stillbirth
  • Reflect on the Lived Experience of losing a baby through stillbirth
  • Learn from outstanding practice in delivering the Saving Babies Lives Care Bundle and Every Baby Counts
  • Reflect on national developments and learning from MBRRACE-UK: Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK
  • Improve the way you investigate and learn using the National Perinatal Mortality Review Tool
  • Develop your skills in the Effective Implementation of the Saving Babies Lives Care Bundle 
  • Understand how you identify and improve the management of risk factors
  • Identify key strategies for learning from perinatal mortality reviews at a local level
  • Ensure you implementing the latest evidence to reduce Stillbirth as a result of incidents during labour
  • Understand how  you can better support women and families following stillbirth
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence


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