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Baby care: RCOG finds average of seven factors behind each stillbirth, neonatal death, and brain injury

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 13 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4792
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Different care might have made a difference to the outcome in almost three quarters of cases of stillbirths, neonatal deaths, and severe brain injuries to babies resulting from labour, concludes the latest report from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.1

The report says that the main areas of care in which improvements might have changed the outcomes included a failure by health professionals to identify or act on relevant risk factors, issues relating to monitoring fetal wellbeing with cardiotocography and blood sampling, and individual education or training issues.

Each Baby Counts is the college’s national quality improvement initiative, which aims to halve by 2020 the number of babies who die or are left severely disabled …

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