UK stillbirth rate stops declining as age of mothers rises

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 26 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:871
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The United Kingdom's stillbirth rate has stopped declining in recent years, and even current rates of perinatal mortality may be hard to maintain because the average age of British mothers continues to rise, a report from the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health says.

    The Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health is a research group mandated by the government to collect confidential statistics from NHS trusts and neonatal networks. Its latest report records stillbirths and perinatal deaths for 2005 in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

    Slightly more than one in 200 pregnancies ended in a stillbirth, and about one …

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