Sadly it remains the case that all too often reports of reduced fetal movements are ignored or not taken seriously enough, resulting in stillbirth. This gives the UK one of the highest rates of stillbirth in Europe.
There are more than 3,600 stillbirths every year in the UK - and despite improvements over the past few years, the rate remains one of the highest across Europe. The inquiry, led by the University of Leicester, focused on stillbirths that happened at full term and had no congenital abnormalities. These make up about a third of all cases. In almost half of the cases, women had contacted their maternity units concerned their babies' movements had slowed, changed or stopped. But in 50% of these instances, there had been "missed opportunities to potentially save the baby".