Sadly, the death of a baby is not a rare tragedy: around 15 babies died before, during or soon after birth every day in the UK in 2016. In this section we look at the rate of baby death in the UK, and explore why babies die and what we can do to reduce the rate of stillbirth and neonatal death.

Baby deaths in the UK

The death of a baby is not rare. Every day in the UK around 15 babies die before, during or soon after birth. That means every 90 minutes a family is faced with the devastation of the death of their baby. This is unacceptable.

So it’s shocking that a lack of dedicated bereavement rooms on maternity wards means mums and dads have nowhere private to spend precious time with their baby before they have to say goodbye.

"We need to make sure that we reduce the number of babies dying every day before, during and shortly after birth; we need to make sure that everyone affected by the death of a baby receives the best possible bereavement care wherever they live; and we need to make sure that the amazing support that we, as Sands, offer reaches everyone who needs it." - Clea Harmer, Sands CEO

Or that gaps in training for health professionals mean parents whose hopes and happiness have been shattered are sent home without a sensitive explanation about why their baby died.