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‘Each Baby Counts Report’ - Recommendations made into anaesthetic care to reduce perinatal deaths and brain injuries during childbirth

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has today (Tuesday, 17 July) published a report into anaesthetic care, as part of its national quality improvement programme into stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries that occur during childbirth. The Report can be found here https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/audit-quality-improvement/each-baby-counts/reports-updates/anaesthetic-care

Launched in 2014, the Each Baby Counts programme aims to reduce the number of babies who die or are left severely disabled as a result of incidents occurring during term labour by 50% by 2020. In 2017, the College published a landmark report based on the care of 1,136 babies born in the UK in 2015 and found that 76% of these babies might have had a different outcome with different care. It also included recommendations highlighting critical factors in the care of the many of these babies that may prevent these incidents in the future.

Detailed further analysis of the Each Baby Counts data has now been conducted into the anaesthetic care given to the mothers of 49 babies reported to Each Baby Counts between 2015 and 2017. This special report – supported by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association – will form part of a wider set of findings and recommendations from the Each Baby Counts programme, to be published in autumn 2018.
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