Each Baby Counts Report published – UK review of safe maternity care
The recently published Each Baby Counts report provides recommendations and key findings from the analysis of data for care given to mothers in 2016. The report focuses on 3 different areas – Guidelines, Anaesthesia and barriers to reporting.
In 2016 there were almost 700,000 babies born, of those, 1123 met the Each Baby Counts criteria. The report identified 124 stillbirths, 145 babies who died early and 854 babies who sustained severe brain injuries during labour at term. 674 of those babies (71%) may have had a different outcome if their care had been different. An increase compared to the report for 2015 data that identified a possible different outcome for 556 babies.
The report identifies that many factors contribute to care outcomes with an average of 7 factors for each baby, both clinical and non-clinical. It provides key recommendations for improvement focusing on 2 clinical areas:
Also identified in the report are areas where reporting can be improved including improved resource (IT available, correct people involved), Neonatal input and education of all teams to highlight the importance of an effective review.
The full report, available here, provides examples of where things have gone wrong and details what you can do to improve care.