Stillbirth rates falling, but not in Australia

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A DROP in stillbirth rates in the UK has given experts hope that a reduction in stillbirths can occur in Australia and New Zealand.

Stillbirth rates in the UK have dropped for the first time since 2000 - from 5.7 per 1000 births in 2002-2004, to 5.2 per 1000 births in 2007.

However, a lack of improvement in Australia's stillbirth rates in 20 years "is of grave concern'', International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) chair Vicki Flenady said in a statement on Saturday.

... In one third of those deaths, stillbirths occur unexpectedly in what is an otherwise healthy mother and baby and no cause of death is determined.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448