Pandemic and stillbirth rates

ONS’ latest stillbirth rates show a flattening of the year on year drop in stillbirth rates in 2020, to 3.80 from 3.83/1000 in 2019. This is consistent with the temporary drop in antenatal SGA detection rates during the first lockdown which we reported previously. Let’s hope the latest twist in the pandemic roller coaster will not have too great an effect on stillbirth rates and maternity care in general.

GROW App 2.0

Roll out of the exciting new app is progressing well, providing fully electronic charts, auto-plotted SFH & EFW measurements, and prompts for slow and accelerated growth. For units ready to upgrade, please contact

Message from Barnsley Hospital:

“We are very excited to be the first unit to go live with the GROW 2.0 software. The Antenatal Clinic team are now producing GROW charts using the new software, and in the new year we will be replacing our well used set squares to plot growth, with evidence based technology to ensure women are appropriately referred when any deviation from the norm is detected. We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support we have received from the Perinatal Institute, and the online training that has been provided”.

E-learning modules

The GAP modules are now well established within the E-Learning for Healthcare platform. To receive accurate Trust reports, please ensure your place of work is correct within your profile.

On-line workshops

We are continuing our well attended virtual GAP workshops and dates for the New Year are now on-line. Early booking is recommended! Due to popular demand, we are also hosting a GAP student workshop. Further details and links to register are available on our diary pages.

Big Baby Trial

Hanna Jones RM from the GAP team is supporting the Big Baby trial team and research midwives around the country in the drive to enhance recruitment rates during these challenging times. To contact Hanna, please email

Queen’s Award 2021

Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the West Midlands came to the Perinatal Institute to present the award, in recognition of our stillbirth prevention program and international initiatives.