Coronavirus latest news: Rise in stillbirths linked to lack of face-to-face appointments – The Telegraph

A lack of face-to-face appointments during the coronavirus pandemic may have contributed to stillbirths in the first wave, investigators have found.

The study by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) into 37 cases found that remote consultations may have driven down the ability to carry out key pregnancy checks, with some doctors unable to access medical records.

The review was prompted by an increase in stillbirths after the onset of labour referred to the HSIB between April and June 2020 – 45 compared with 24 in the same period in 2019.

None of the women were recorded as having Covid, but the report found the pressures and changes as a result of the pandemic may have affected the care they received.