To work in partnership with health professionals to improve the quality of care and services offered to bereaved families; and
To promote research and changes in practice that could help to reduce the loss of babies' lives by promoting research and the implementation of best practice that will help identify the causes and reduce the incidence of the death of a baby in utero, at birth or soon after birth, and to publish the results of such research.
The stillbirth rate has remained almost unchanged for the past 10 years. (CMACE)
1 in every 200 babies are stillborn in the UK
1 in every 300 babies born in the UK die in the first four weeks of life
In one in four stillbirths the cause remains unexplained. These babies are born perfectly formed, with no clear reason why they died. We need to understand what is causing these deaths.
The majority of unexplained stillbirths are in pregnancies that were previously considered low risk. We need better ways to identify babies who are at risk.
1 in 5 stillborn babies is much smaller than they should be, yet we have no good method to detect these babies in utero and act to deliver them before they die.
Stillbirth is when a baby is born dead after 24 completed weeks of pregnancy
Neonatal death is when a baby is born alive but dies within the first 28 days of life
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