Restricted growth during pregnancy 'puts foetus at risk'

Babies who have their growth restricted in the womb are seven times more likely to not survive pregnancy, according to a maternity care charity.

The Perinatal Institute also found:

  • Between 10-15% of all babies born are growth restricted and the majority of these go undetected.
  • In 2012, the number of stillbirths dropped for the first time in 20 years in the West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, and the North East due to growth assessment training.
  • In the West Midlands the stillbirth rate dropped by 22%.

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UK among 'worst rates of stillbirth in western Europe'

The UK has among the worst rates of stillbirth in western Europe, with 4,000 babies dying before they are born, according to a charity. MAMA Academy said 1,000 babies could be saved per year if wards adopted their Growth Assessment Protocol.