Each Baby Counts Recommendations Align to Baby Lifeline’s Work
Today (Weds 21st June 2017) the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has released recommendations from their ‘Each Baby Counts’ investigations. We are delighted to welcome these recommendations as they perfectly align with our continuing work on training and equipment provisions! The general message is to improve maternity standards across the UK, something we continue to work on.
‘Each Baby Counts’ is the RCOG’s report which focuses on quality improvement, subsequently reducing the number of babies who die or are left severely disabled as a result of incidences occurring during term labour (after 37 weeks).
Today’s recommendations focus on three key factors that will reduce baby deaths and brain injuries during labour:
- Fetal monitoring
- Neonatal Care
Here at Baby Lifeline we take great pride in providing multi-disciplinary team training in these pertinent areas, as well as others recommended by previous reports and confidential enquiries. We are a collaborative organisation and call upon experts from all relevant fields involved in maternity care, as well as lawyers for when things do sadly go wrong. These experts steer Baby Lifeline in order to ensure that we are doing our utmost to reduce avoidable harm to mothers and babies.
We would like to commend and thank the RCOG for carrying out these vital investigations, and are proud to already be following the recommendations by providing subsidised, expert-led multi-disciplinary training. In the next year, Baby Lifeline will have trained 6,000 healthcare professionals in these and other important areas as part of the government’s initiative to halve stillbirths, neonatal and maternal death rates by 2030.
Our Founder and CEO, Judy Ledger, is extremely passionate about this training. As a former nurse and someone who tragically lost her first three babies, she recognises first-hand the importance of this training. Here’s what Judy had to say:
“Today’s report from The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has highlighted the support needed by maternity wards and hospitals across the UK to ensure they have the vital tools required during pregnancy and birth in order to deliver safer maternity care.
“Since Baby Lifeline started 35 years ago, the care of expectant mothers and new born babies has been our driving aim, providing monitoring equipment for maternity and neonatal units, and specialist training for midwives and relevant health professionals across the UK. By the end of this year alone we will have trained 6,000 practitioners in pertinent areas recommended by the RCOG; such as, teamworking, neonatal care, and fetal monitoring.
“This report shows that there is a need for additional support for our maternity staff and units so that every mother and every family has the healthiest possible outcome from pregnancy and birth – which is where collaborative organisations and charities like Baby Lifeline help to bridge the gap. Through fundraising for the provision of equipment and government funding for additional training support, we are working tirelessly to improve the care provided during birth.”
Baby Lifeline and University of Hull are and have been, conducting further work to look at national training provision and it’s quality. (Read our Mind the Gap report.)