The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has published the final progress report of its Each Baby Counts programme.

RCOG led the programme to reduce the number of babies who die or are left severely disabled as a result of incidents occurring during term labour.

Each Baby Counts launched in 2014. 

It brings together the results of local investigations across all four nations of the UK into stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries during term labour.

This is its last progress report as investigating and reporting these issues will now be the responsibility of the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch in England.

Many parents have been involved with Each Baby Counts over the years, including Nicky Lyon and Michelle Hemmington, cofounders of the Campaign for Safer Birth and members of the Each Baby Counts Advisory Group.

In their foreword to the final report, they call for adequate resource and funding to ensure all recommendations are implemented and sustained.

"An area of major concern for us is that, with the end of Each Baby Counts and uncertainty on the future of the HSIB maternity investigation programme, this group of baby deaths and injuries may become invisible again," they said.

Click on the link below to read the final progress report in full.

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