Nine hundred babies’ lives could be saved every year if the rate of stillbirths in the poorest areas of England was as low as is in the most affluent, research suggests.
Twice as many babies are stillborn in the most deprived 10% of the country as in the wealthiest, researchers write in the online journal BMJ Open. The more affluent the area, the less likely babies are to be stillborn, whether the cause is a congenital abnormality, the mother’s high blood pressure, sudden bleeding during pregnancy or even unknown causes. The only area in which there is no difference between rich and poor is once labour has started and the mother is under the care of midwife or consultant.
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