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Giving up on getting better

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 29 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:51
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

    The stillbirth rate in the United Kingdom has fallen steadily during my lifetime. This was not a by-product of prosperity: cars and foreign holidays do not save babies' lives. Things got better because we wanted them to. There was a consensus among professionals, politicians, and the public that we should work together to make pregnancy safer.

    In 1998, however, the graph levelled off, and in 2002 the stillbirth rate increased for the first time in 50 …

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