Living With Baby Loss

Statistics and Research

How many people are affected by baby loss in the UK?

  • Miscarriage

‘More than 1 in 5 pregnancies…’

Miscarriage is when a baby dies up to 23 weeks of pregnancy. More than one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage, amounting to around a quarter of a million in the UK each year.

  • Stillbirth

‘1 in every 250 babies…’

Stillbirth is when a baby is born dead, from 23 weeks of pregnancy. Current figures show that 1 in every 250 pregnancies ends in stillbirth in the UK. That’s 8 babies every day. 2,943 babies were stillborn in 2018 in the UK, which means that for every 1,000 babies born, 4.1 were stillborn. The main reasons for stillbirth are:

• 60% of baby losses as a result of stillbirth are unexplained
• 17% caused by ascending infection
• 12% caused by placenta factors, including placental abruption and pre-eclampsia
• 5% caused by congenital abnormality
• 2% caused by fetal growth restriction
• 2% caused by complications with twins

  • Neonatal Death

‘2.8 babies in every 1000…’

Neonatal death is when a baby dies in the first 28 days of life. In 2018 there were 2,131 neonatal deaths in the UK. For every 1,000 babies born 2.8 died within 28 days of birth.

References – https://www.tommys.org/our-organisation/charity-research/pregnancy-statistics/stillbirth and https://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/media-queries/background-information/

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