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Volume 15/Issue 4, July 2019

Saving Babies’ Lives Version 2: a care bundle to reduce perinatal mortality

Karen Thirsk

In 2016 NHS England released the Saving Babies’ Lives Care Bundle (SBLCB) as part of the national ambition to reduce the rates of stillbirth. This first version appears to have contributed to the stillbirth rate in England falling to a historical low of 4.1 per 1,000. In March 2019 the second version of the SBLCB was launched. Building on previous achievements, version two brings together five elements of care that are widely recognised as evidence-based and/or best practice. A new fifth element focuses on reducing preterm birth and improving outcomes when preterm birth is unavoidable to further decrease perinatal mortality.

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