According to a recent article by the Telegraph, 600 babies could be saved from stillbirth each year in the UK under new NHS guidance.
This guidance is known as the Saving Babies Lives Care Bundle. It seeks to increase monitoring of babies throughout pregnancy by intervening to reduce cigarette smoking, detecting small babies, informing women about reduced fetal movements and improving monitoring of babies during labour.
The care bundle aims to help women and professionals detect changes to a baby’s behaviour and to identify early signs that there could be complications with the birth.
The article highlights that around 665,000 babies are born in England each year with around 3,000 stillbirths. It is anticipated that this figure could be reduced by 600 if hospitals follow the guidance.
In a statement, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock commented that “these results demonstrate really positive progress towards our ambition to halve the rates of stillbirth, neonatal death and maternal death by 2025”.
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