Analysis

Neonatal care needs to put more emphasis on multiple births

A twins and multiple births report reveals regional variations in care, but how much can be read into the differences?

A report into twins and multiple births reveals regional variations in care, but how much can be read into the differences?

There are approximately 60,000 premature babies born in the UK every year. Being born too early can put babies at risk of lifelong health and development problems, has a major impact on families’ well-being, and is the leading cause of neonatal deaths.

In November, health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt announced an ambitious plan to halve rates of stillbirth, neonatal and maternal deaths, and brain injuries that occur during, soon or after birth by 2025 in England. Notifiable cases of stillbirth and neonatal deaths will now be probed by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, and there could be a change in the law to enable full-term stillbirths to be investigated by a coroner. Both, it was announced, would enable families

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