How lives can be saved:
Modern antenatal care
It’s the 21st century – yet after 20 weeks, ‘low risk’ babies only have their growth measured with a tape measure! The techniques described below are already saving lives.
Adherence to standards
Many deaths occur because guidelines on growth and monitoring are not followed. Hospitals have been slow to adopt guidelines to reduce stillbirth.Read more
When a baby dies, it is vital that lessons are learned to save lives. But most stillbirths are not even treated as serious incidents by the NHS. Read more
Information to parents
Stillbirth is still a taboo subject and is rarely mentioned to parents. Giving accurate information about warning signs, such as changes in fetal movements, saves lives.
Stillborn babies have no human rights – an anomly in the law prevents coroners from investigating deaths, regardless of the circumstances.
Most stillbirths could be prevented with proper care, but there is still much we do not know. Vital research is needed to fill the gaps and save lives.
Modern techniques save lives if used
Customised growth charts
Each baby is unique – these charts are customised for each mother so that growth can be more accurately monitored. They cost almost nothing – and where used, they have cut the stillbirth rate by over 20%
Ultrasound and doppler
Ultrasound scans are 3x as effective at detecting the babies most at risk. And use of doppler tecnniques to measure blood flow (which require no extra equipment) have reduced stillbirths by up to 50%
CTG (continuous monitoring) can be used to identify babies in distress, but is frequently misinterpreted (and a leading source of failures). Computers can automate much of the work, reducing the risk of human error. Read more