Coroners in England and Wales may be given new powers to investigate stillbirths, so that each baby death is independently assessed.

The government is consulting on the move to help bereaved parents gain answers on what went wrong and why and to help prevent more baby deaths.

Nine babies are stillborn every day in the UK. That’s one in every 225 births, although rates have been going down.

In many cases, doctors are unable to tell parents why their baby died.

Currently, coroners can hold inquests only for babies who have shown signs of life after being born.

When a pregnancy that appeared to be healthy ends in stillbirth, the hospital caring for the mother will investigate.

A safety investigation body funded by the Department of Health and

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