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Critical gaps in care identified in stillbirth cases

19 November 2015
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A study launched today by MBRRACE-UK has found that national guidance was not followed by hospitals in the majority of cases of stillbirth, and identified ‘missed opportunities’ which could have potentially saved babies’ lives.

Pregnancy notes were studied from 133 cases of stillbirth in 2013, and after finding a number of problems, experts have made a set of recommendations.

Caroline Davey, Chief Executive of Bliss, the premature and sick baby charity, said: “It is deeply concerning to find that some of these stillbirth cases could have been prevented.

“Stillbirth is devastating for families and everything must be done to prevent it. It is vital that the recommendations of this report are fully implemented so that mothers and their babies receive the very best care.”

This report follows the commitment by the Secretary of State for Health to reduce stillbirths by half by 2030. The issue will also be looked at by The Independent Maternity Review.

For news coverage of the report please see here.

If you have been affected by an experience of stillbirth and want further information or support, please contact the charity Sands.


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