You are here:

Stillbirth

Published on

Updated:

What is Stillbirth?

A stillbirth is when a baby is born dead after at least 24 weeks of pregnancy. If the baby dies before 24 weeks this is known as a miscarriage. Around 3,200 babies are stillborn each year in the UK – 2.6 million worldwide.

The UK has one of the highest stillbirth rates of high-income countries, with around 9 babies being stillborn every day.

The rate of stillbirth has hardly decreased since 1990. It often happens unexpectedly, with no obvious explanation. Many parents want to know why their baby has died, whether it might happen again if they try for another baby and what they can do to stop it.

Ways to support our work

Events

At Action Medical Research, we offer some incredible charity events whatever your ambitions, sporting ability or location.