The Lancet series: Ending Preventable Stillbirth has been published today, and shows the UK could do more to reduce stillbirths that could have been prevented.
According to The Lancet series on stillbirths, falls in stillbirths across Europe since 2000 are failing to keep up with declines in childhood and maternal mortality rates.
It suggests that 2.6 million babies are stillborn worldwide, which is equivalent to the population of Rome.
The Lancet also suggests that stillbirth is the biggest threat to children under five years old than measles or AIDS.
Commenting on The Lancet series: Ending Preventable Stillbirth, Director for Midwifery at the Royal College of Midwives, Louise Silverton said: “This is a welcomed report, but looking at it from a UK perspective it is disappointing. The research shows that the UK has a lot more to do to tackle preventable stillbirths. The variation that exists is unacceptable in 2016 and when you compare Britain to other European countries of similar economic development and income level we compare quite poorly.
“Attention to preventing stillbirths in approach to term and 36 weeks plus must be improved. The UK needs to do more to address health inequalities and to reduce stillbirths in areas of social deprivation.
The series has been published shortly after a recent study found that local authorities in England were cutting funding for stop smoking services, which could flaw the UK Government’s aim to reduce the stillbirth rate in the country.
“Access to smoking cessation services for fathers and other family members could help women to stop smoking reducing risks of both stillbirth and improving the health outcomes for the baby after birth,” Louise Silverton added.
The series will be available in the MIDIRS Reference Database.
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