Need to do even better says RCM on stillbirth statistics
"We know many women are being denied this choice because of staffing shortages and resource issues, and this is not good enough. We need to ensure that those women who choose a home birth get the birth that they want.
“The reduction is stillbirths is very welcome and shows that we are making progress. However, we need to do even better. Reducing smoking in pregnancy and levels of obesity, among other things, will contribute towards reducing stillbirths, so more investment is needed in these areas.
“The lack of change in the number of babies with low birthweight is also a concern. Again, greater efforts are needed here to change lifestyles that can lead to low birthweight babies such as smoking in pregnancy. Cuts to public health services particularly smoking cessation services to support other families members to stop, need to be reversed and indeed increased in some cases.”
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The RCM is the only trade union and professional association dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. We provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences and online resources. For more information visit the RCM website at https://www.rcm.org.uk/.