Research

Our research exists to promote safer care for women and babies. The majority of babies who don’t survive birth or the first few weeks of life could have had a different outcome with different care. We have made it our mission to eradicate these tragedies.

Improving Care

A great deal of Baby Lifeline’s recent work has focused on prioritising the prevention of avoidable harm in maternity by ensuring that the frontline in maternity have appropriate, high-quality and assessed training. A central recommendation to improve care by reports into harm in maternity – deaths and injuries – is that professionals need training in key areas.

Closing the Gap (2020)

Prioritising Prevention: Urgent investment needed to support multi-professional training in maternity services.

An analysis of maternity safety training based on recommendations from Baby Lifeline’s Mind the Gap Report (2018).

Mind the Gap (2018)

An Investigation into Maternity Training for Frontline Professionals Across the UK (2017/18).

Three in four baby deaths and injuries are preventable with different care [1][2]; however, the tragic human and financial consequences of this harm continue. For over two decades, successive reports that investigated avoidable instances of harm and death have recommended training for frontline staff in targeted areas as a key way to improve outcomes.

This report has surveyed the national response to these recommendations and provides the most up-to-date picture of maternity training for healthcare professionals in the UK. The gaps that have been identified must be addressed as a matter of urgency.

Click here to download the report.

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Mind the Gap (2016)

In November 2015, Baby Lifeline sent out Freedom of Information requests to all trusts in England to gain a better understanding of training being offered by Trusts, including the governance, budget, training topics, and frequency, duration, assessment, and delivery of training. The report of this investigation was published in 2016 and, despite limitations in the completeness and consistency of data received, concluded that there was a significant lack of standardisation in the provision, funding, and evaluation of training for frontline maternity professionals in England. Mind the Gap (2018) investigates in a more complete and robust way.

This report has surveyed the national response to these recommendations and provides the most up-to-date picture of maternity training for healthcare professionals in the UK. The gaps that have been identified must be addressed as a matter of urgency.

Click here to download the report.

Click here to download the infographic.

Page References

[1] DRAPER, E., KURINCZUK, J., AND KENYON, S. (EDS.) ON BEHALF OF MBRRACE-UK. (2017). MBRRACE-UK 2017 PERINATAL CONFIDENTIAL ENQUIRY: TERM, SINGLETON, INTRAPARTUM STILLBIRTH AND INTRAPARTUM-RELATED NEONATAL DEATH. LEICESTER: THE INFANT MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY STUDIES, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER.

[2] THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNAECOLOGISTS. (2015). EACH BABY COUNTS: 2015 FULL REPORT. LONDON: THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF OBSTETRICIANS AND GYNAECOLOGISTS.