20 OCT 2017
Thank you very much for taking the time to email me.
I do understand your concerns about taking care of parents who lose babies and I hope the following information on this topic from the Department of Health is reassuring:
Baby loss and parental bereavement affect many people, however the Health Secretary aims to make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world to give birth. In November 2015, the Secretary of State announced an ambition to halve the rates of stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths and brain injuries that occur during or soon after birth by 2030.
In October 2016, the Health Secretary launched the Safer Maternity Care action plan with a range of measures, which include: an £8.1 million Maternity Safety Training Fund, to improve maternity safety throughout England; a new Standardised Perinatal Mortality Review Tool to review and learn from every stillbirth and neonatal death; and, a £250,000 Maternity Safety Innovation fund to support maternity services implement innovative projects to improve the quality of their maternity services.
The Government's collaboration with charities, such as Sands, Bliss, Tommy's and others, to raise awareness of the preventative measures which can be taken to reduce the rate of stillbirths and ensure more healthy babies are born each year is encouraging.
The Government's assistance to perinatal mental health services, with investment of £365 million from 2015/16 to 2020/21, as well as funding better bereavement provision throughout England, which will help grieving parents in such a difficult time, is also welcomed.
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