Increasing numbers of mothers and babies are dying despite vows to improve maternity services, a damning report has revealed.
An independent survey of maternal mortality found that the number of women who died during pregnancy and up to six weeks after childbirth has increased by a quarter since 2017-2019.
Between 2018 and 2020, about 229 women died alongside 27 of their babies, with many of the deaths being “preventable.”
A report led by experts from Oxford University found that the number of women dying in pregnancy and shortly after childbirth is increasing (stock image)
Another 289 women died between six weeks and a year after the end of pregnancy in 2018-2020, according to a study published in Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Inquiries in the UK.
Led by experts from the University of Oxford, yesterday’s report specifically examined trends in maternal deaths after childbirth. It found cases had risen by 19 per cent even after those who died from Covid-19 were taken out.
Only 22 percent of the women who died were “well” cared for, the report said. Maternal suicide accounted for four out of ten deaths occurring within a year of the termination of pregnancy and was the leading cause of death.
Only 22 percent of the women who died had received “good” care, according to the report (stock image).
The grim assessment of maternal care comes weeks after a harrowing inquiry found at least 45 babies died needlessly from “catastrophic” and “ingrained” neglect in care at East Kent’s hospitals. dr Bill Kirkup, who led the inquiry, called for a new law to allow organizations to be prosecuted for covering up future tragedies.
Last night charities said families were being let down by “unacceptable” levels of care and urged ministers to do more to meet a promise to halve the number of deaths by 2025. Kath Abrahams, managing director of Tommy’s, said she was ‘appalled to see the numbers going in the wrong direction’.
An NHS spokesman said more women than ever are benefiting from specialist perinatal mental health services, with nearly 45,000 seeking support last year – up by more than a quarter on the previous year.
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