In an effort to curb growing stillbirth rates in England, the National Health Services (NHS) has launched a set of guidelines for the very first time in the country.
England has the worst record of stillbirths with one in every 200 babies stillborn and a 25% variation in stillbirth rates across the country. There are currently around 665,000 babies born in England each year and more than 3,000 stillbirths.
Therefore, the guidelines may help doctors, midwives and parents in monitoring pregnant women effectively. The Saving Babies' Lives Care Bundle focuses on,
- Avoiding smoking during pregnancy
- Increasing awareness on monitoring baby's movements
- Ensuring proper monitoring of the fetus during labor
An information and advice leaflet about reduced fetal movement will also be given to women during 24 weeks of pregnancy.