Safer Maternity Care progress and next steps report

The Department of Health has published a report on the progress and next steps with implementation of the Safer Maternity Care action plan, and sets out additional measures for further and quicker improvement including:

  • improving rigour and quality of investigations into term stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths, and serious brain injuries, and learning from the investigations
  • more support for maternity and neonatal training
  • looking into giving coroners powers to conduct investigations into stillbirths
  • aiming to reduce the national rate of pre-term births from 8% to 6%
  • bringing forward from 2030 to 2025 the ambition to halve rates of stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths, and brain injuries occurring during or soon after birth

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