More than half of investigations into stillbirths and neonatal deaths following full-term labour are insufficient, according to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).
Out of 204 investigations, 56% of reviews were deemed “inadequate”, a new report has shown.
Hospitals are therefore not learning from potentially avoidable deaths or serious injuries sustained by babies during labour.
The report is the first in a series from data collected as part of RCOG’s Each Baby Counts initiative, which aims to halve the number of incidents of stillbirth, neonatal death and severe brain injury during full-term labour by 2020.
“It is clear that we need more robust and comprehensive reviews, which are led by multidisciplinary teams and include parental and external…