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.