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Stillbirths and neonatal deaths fell 15% in five years, but inequalities remain, UK report finds

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 11 December 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4788
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Extended perinatal mortality (stillbirths and neonatal deaths) decreased by 15% between 2013 and 2018, but women in the most deprived areas, and Black and Asian babies, remained the most at risk over the period, a surveillance report has found.1

The report, produced by MBRRACE-UK (Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK), looked at perinatal deaths from 22 weeks gestational age (including late fetal losses, stillbirths, and neonatal deaths) of babies born in the UK between 1 January …

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