Infant Mortality

National and local strategies (best practices)


  • The Healthy Child Programme (HCP) places significant emphasis on mandated elements which will impact in infant mortality.
  • NICE publications. Postnatal care: Routine postnatal care of women and their babies. All maternity care providers (whether working in hospital or in primary care) should implement an externally evaluated, structured programme that encourages breastfeeding, using the Baby Friendly Initiative as a minimum standard (1). Exclusive breastfeeding reduces infant mortality due to common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea or pneumonia (2). NICE Clinical Guidance 62, Antenatal care. Routine care for the healthy pregnant woman (3).
  • NICE guidelines [CG37] The NICE clinical guideline on postnatal care This guideline covers the routine postnatal care women and their babies should receive for 6–8 weeks after the birth. It includes advice given on breastfeeding, and the management of common and serious health problems in women and their babies after the birth
  • NICE guidelines 27 July 2010. Weight Management Before, During and After Pregnancy provides advice for health professionals on dietary and lifestyle advice for pregnant women.
  • ‘Each Baby Counts’.  The RCOG’s national quality improvement programme to reduce the number of babies who die or are left severely disabled as a result of incidents occurring during term labour (4).
  • NICE (2010): PH 27:  Weight management before, during and after pregnancy


Central Bedfordshire’s strategic priority is to provide the best start in life for children.  It is included in the following strategies and action plans:

  • Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2012- 2016 priorities include improved outcomes for those who are vulnerable and early intervention and prevention.



(1) NICE 2006 Guidance CG37. Postnatal care: routine postnatal care of women and their babies.

(3)NICE 2008 Guidance CG62 Antenatal Care

(4) Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Each Baby Counts.


Last updated Tuesday, 17th January 2017