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NHS says use of best practice already saved 160 babies over two years at 19 units

About 600 stillbirths a year in England could be prevented if maternity units followed national best practice, the health service said.

NHS England said practical steps including reducing smoking in pregnancy, and better monitoring of babies’ growth and movement in pregnancy and subsequently during labour, had already contributed to improved survival rates.

According to an evaluation of guidance on the issue, the lives of more than 160 babies were saved across 19 maternity units over a two-year period.

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The Guardian

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