BBC News – ‘No complacency’ over stillbirths

The percentage of babies who are stillborn has fallen but still remains higher than it was in the late 1990s, a report has found.

The Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE) found little difference between the UK nations but significant local variations.

Deprivation, ethnicity and age all appeared to influence whether a baby is stillborn or dies shortly after birth.

Some 6,500 babies died in 2008, when the latest data was gathered.

A quarter of these mothers were obese, and one in five smoked during pregnancy.

The 2008 figures work out at a rate of 7.5 stillbirths or deaths in the first month of life per 1,000 births, down from 8.3 in 2000.

But campaigners and health professionals say there is no room for complacency.

The stillbirth rate remains higher than it was more than a decade ago: in 1999, it was five per 1,000 – in 2008 it was 5.1.

Read the full article: BBC News – ‘No complacency’ over stillbirths.

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