Stillbirth rates in Britain are the highest in the world


UK Today News: In a major recent crisis in the UK, the number of stillbirths is alarmingly increasing every year. New data suggests that every year, more than 4,000 babies are stillborn, which is more than any other nation in the world.

Surprisingly, the number of stillborn babies is a lot higher than the number of deaths that take place in road accidents in Britain. It was found that the most common reasons for stillbirth happened to be birth complications, infections, congenital malformations, maternal problems, among several others.

New analysis state that the possible reasons behind all this were lifestyle factors like excess weight, smoking, alcohol consumption, pregnancy over the age of 35, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy and social deprivation. The Chairman of Sands, Mr. Hale – which is a charity concerned to the stillbirths – said that stillbirth means that a child that has been dead before birth.

Sands has now expressed concerns over the growing number of stillbirths and have appealed for creating awareness among the parents. Hale said that more research is required to find out the reasons for so many stillbirths. Moreover, awareness has to be created among the prospective parents so as to warn them of the possibilities and the precautions that they should take.

Doctors advise women to quit smoking and drinking and to make sure that they get proper exercise and nutrition – coupled with regular checkups to make sure they have a safe delivery.