General Article Why babies die?

Topic Selected: Pregnancy Book Volume: 394

There’s a wide range of reasons why babies die. We look at causes of stillbirths (death before birth) and deaths of newborn babies separately as different problems are more common in each group.

Sadly, the death of a baby is not rare. Every day in the UK around 14 babies die before, during or soon after birth. That means nearly every two hours a family is faced with the devastation of the death of their baby.

Stillbirth rates in England and Wales have continued to fall, which is good news. But despite recent improvements, the current trajectory in reducing the rate of stillbirths means the English Government will be a long way off achieving their National Maternity Safety Ambition to reduce stillbirths and neonatal deaths by 50% by 2025.

Figures from MBRRACE-UK show that stillbirth rates are highest for Black women and higher for South Asian and Asian women and for those who live in deprived areas. These inequalities have been further highlighted by Covid-19, and the Government must...

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