Seven out of 10 neonatal deaths, stillbirths and brain injuries could be avoided

4th December 2018 Clinical Negligence

A recent report by The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ “Each Baby Counts„ programme has found that, whilst the UK remains one of the safest places to give birth, 71% of neonatal deaths, stillbirths and brain injuries could have been avoided had the NHS provided better care during labour.

The Guardian reported that Each Baby Counts identified some of the main contributors for the poor service as understaffing, lack of training and a failure by midwives and obstetricians to follow trust Guidelines. Each Baby Counts is a programme which aims to halve the number of neonatal deaths, stillbirths and birth injuries as a result of preventable incidents during term labour by 2020.

The report makes recommendations on how to improve care in three key areas: fetal monitoring, human factors and neonatal care. Commenting on the report, Mandy Forrester, Head of Quality and Standards at the Royal College of Midwives, said: “There are real improvements being made through this project to improve the safety and quality of care for mothers and their babies. This project is clearly making a difference and that is very welcome. However, as the report shows, there is clearly much more that needs to be done.„

As a firm, we are happy to see that work is being done to improve care and lower the number of birth injuries and deaths as we are well aware of the consequences that poor performance in these areas can have. Whilst we acknowledge the changes being made, we are continuing to act on behalf of multiple claimants for birth injuries such as these.

Thankfully, the likelihood of these events occurring is rare with approximately only 1 in 636 babies dying during or soon after birth or suffering brain injuries. However, our specialist clinical negligence team knows that this does not reduce the devastating impact for the families involved and the babies affected.

If you have been affected by poor care during your pregnancy, labour or neonatal care, JMW can help you to investigate a clinical negligence claim and seek compensation to assist with the results of such injuries. Please get in contact with our dedicated team to discuss this further.




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