General Article Pregnancy loss statistics

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The latest UK statistics about pregnancy loss and complications.

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  • Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the UK.
  • In the UK, it is estimated that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss during pregnancy or birth.

Key statistics about pregnancy and loss in the UK

  • 712,680 births were registered in 2019 (640,370 England & Wales; 49,863 Scotland; 22,447 Northern Ireland)
  • There were 2,763 stillbirths in 2019 (2,522 England & Wales; 174 Scotland; 67 Northern Ireland)
  • Approximately 60,000 babies were born prematurely in 2019
  • An estimated 1 in 5 pregnancies ended in miscarriage (1 in 8 if we only count women who realised/reported the miscarriage)
  • Estimates suggest there are 250,000 miscarriages every year in the UK, and around 11,000 emergency admissions for ectopic pregnancies
  • There were 2,131 neonatal...

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