Sands is a member of the MBRRACE-UK collaboration that investigates stillbirths, neonatal deaths and maternal deaths across the UK. (MBRRACE-UK is the abbreviation for Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audit and Confidential Enquiries)

Confidential Enquiries

MBRRACE-UK carries out confidential enquiries into the deaths of specific groups of babies. Experts look at anonymised case notes to see if there were problems with the care received. The enquiry into babies stillborn at the end of pregnancy (term) found that better care might have changed what happened for six out of ten babies. The recommendations of this enquiry have led to changes in maternity care. The enquiry reports with lay and infographic versions are here

The current confidential enquiry is looking at babies who die during and soon after labour. It will be published in 2017

Sands’ role

  • We put forward term stillbirths as an enquiry topic
  • We are a member of MBRRACE-UK and contributed throughout the enquiry, participating in the enquiry panels
  • We were an important presence at the report launch and media coverage

Improving information on deaths

MBRRACE-UK collects information from all UK hospitals on babies dying before, during or shortly after birth. Their annual reports include national maps showing how the different areas’ death rates compare with the national average. Areas with rates above the national average are recommended to look at what is happening in their area and introduce improvements to reduce the number of deaths. Areas with lower rates are encouraged to reduce their rates to levels seen in some European countries

The reports and summaries written for a lay audience are available here

Sands’ role

  • We are MBRRACE-UK members, contributing a parent perspective in the work to gather, analyse and share information about baby deaths