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Stillbirth rates high in UK

14th April 2011

New evidence has suggested that stillbirth rates in the UK are higher than in almost every other high-income country.

The UK had about 4,100 stillbirths in 2009 and, with a rate of 3.5 per 1,000 births, was ranked 33rd in a list of 193 countries, which is down from 26th in 1995. Only France and Austria ranked lower among high-income nations. Research in The Lancet also points regional variations in the UK with stillbirths a third more likely in the East Midlands than the South West.

 

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