UK lags behind other rich countries in reducing stillbirth rate

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 14 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2450
  1. Oona Mashta
  1. 1London

The rate of stillbirths in the United Kingdom is higher than almost all other high income countries, shows new research in the Lancet.

The UK’s rate of stillbirths among babies born in the third trimester was 3.5 in every 1000 births in 2009, amounting to a total of about 4100. The only rich countries with a higher rate than the UK’s were France, with a rate of 3.9 per 1000, and Austria, with 3.7 per 1000.

Finland and Singapore had the lowest rate of stillbirths at 2 per 1000.

The report is part of a series on stillbirth …

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