In the UK, each year over 1000 babies die or are left with severe brain injury, not because they are born too soon or too small, or have a congenital abnormality, but because something goes wrong during labour. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists does not accept that all of these are unavoidable tragedies, and with the Each baby counts project, they are aiming to reduce 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 understand the bigger picture and share the lessons learned.
From 2015, they began collecting and analysing data from all UK units to identify lessons learned to improve future care. They will then be able to make recommendations on how to improve practice at a national level.
This page brings together all of the information and resources about the Each baby counts programme.