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11 babies are stillborn every day in the UK. That means over 4000 babies dying every year leaving thousands of parents, their families and friends devastated.

The Facts

  • A significant proportion of these deaths are potentially preventable.
  • Stillbirths are 10 times more common than cot death. 1 in every 200 babies are stillborn, compared to 1 in every 1,000 babies born with Down’s syndrome.
  • Most babies who are stillborn did not have any serious abnormality and a third of stillbirths have no obvious cause
  • Most stillborn babies die at gestations when they might have survived if they had been delivered in time.
  • Stillbirths can happen to any woman, not just those with health problems and risk factors.

Lancet Still birth Series:

1. Stillbirths: why they matter (pdf)
2. Stillbirths: Where? When? Why? How to make the data count? (pdf)
3. Stillbirths: what difference can we make and at what cost? (pdf)
4. Stillbirths: how can health systems deliver for mothers and babies? (pdf)
5. Stillbirths: the way forward in high-income countries (pdf)
6. Stillbirths: the vision for 2020 (pdf)
7. Still Birth summary (pdf)

Still Birth Statistics:

CMACE Perinatal report 2009 (pdf)
( please note: Before printing this Report is 88 pages long)


They Were Still Born: Personal Stories about Stillbirth
Janel C Atlas, ed. Rowman & Littlefi eld Publishers, Inc, 2010.
Pp 280. US$32ÅE95.
ISBN 978-1-4422-0412-6

Stillbirth: Prediction, Prevention and Management
Catherine Y Spong, ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
Pp 272. Åí99ÅE99.
ISBN 9781444337068


Sands - Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Charity

International Stillbirth Alliance

BBC Health: Stillbirth



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