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Each Baby Counts

Each Baby Counts

MedSciNet has implemented and helped launch the online database for The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ (RCOG) national quality improvement programme Each Baby Counts. The programme is aimed at reducing the number of babies who die or are left severely disabled as a result of incidents occurring during term labour.

Each year around 500 babies die or are left with severe brain injury in the UK – not because they are born too soon or too small, or have a congenital abnormality, but because something goes wrong during labour. The Each Baby Counts project is committed to reducing this unnecessary suffering and loss of life by 50% by 2020.

Currently, stillbirths, neonatal deaths, and brain injuries occurring due to incidents in labour are investigated at a local level. The Each Baby Counts project team will, for the first time, bring together the results of these local investigations to identify common themes across the country.

The programme will coordinate the collection and analysis of data from UK’s local maternity services to recognise the lessons learned and make recommendations on improving future care at a national level.

To learn more, please visit the Each Baby Counts programme website at www.rcog.org.uk/eachbabycounts.