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 and improve care for all mothers and babies.

Improving Care

Baby Lifeline’s work focuses on prioritising the prevention of avoidable harm in maternity. Through our research we go straight to the heart of improving care – ensuring that those caring for mothers and babies have the tools and knowledge they need to give the best care possible. 

Our recent work is listed below. 

Closing the Gap (2020)

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

The Mind the Gap (2018) report identified the main barriers to maternity healthcare professionals attending and providing training were lack of funding and being short-staffed. One recommendation from the report was that training funding has to be prioritised to cover the costs of attending training, but also backfilling staff, travel and accommodation to attend external training, and to improve local facilities.

This analysis provides a guideline for what must be spent on maternity safety training to improve care. 

 

Mind the Gap (2018)

Mind the Gap is an investigation into maternity training for frontline professionals across the UK  for the financial year 2017/18.

For over two decades, reports that investigate avoidable 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.

Click here to download the infographic.

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.