Does anyone know the stats?

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Does anyone know the stats?

This follows up on my recent "Down Under" thread, with the letter I'm writing to my MP's -- now at both the State and Federal Government levels. Watch out -- I'm on a mission...!!!

I'd like to thank everyone for your support and feedback. One of you suggested I should mention the figures on later losses, and you're absolutely right.

I know the figures are an estimated 1 in 4, with 500,000 m/c's a year. [My mind totally boggles, and my heart breaks whenever I type that. Gosh...]

Can anyone fill me in on similar stats for stillbirth and neonatal loss?

Thank you so much. I totally love this board, and you fabulous people on it.


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When I had my DD who was SB ...The statistic was 1 in 100 babies are still born :bawl: That was almost 9 yearts ago........It is very, very sad

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I was researching miscarriage statistics yesterday, here are some on stillbirth

~70% of stillbirths are unexplained

In 1999, 71.3% of stillbirths in England, Wales & Northern Ireland were classified as unexplained fetal death. [CESDI 8th Annual Report]

Around 3,500 babies are stillborn in the UK each year.

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland the stillbirth rate is five babies for every 1,000 births (one in 200 babies).

In Scotland the stillbirth rate is six babies for every 1,000 births.

There are ten times more stillbirths each year than cot deaths (also known as sudden infant death syndrome).

Higher risk factors

The rate of stillbirth is much higher in multiple pregnancies - about 21 babies are stillborn for every 1,000 multiple births.

Research suggests that stillbirth is also a more common occurrence for women who smoke or for women over 35 years of age or women with some pre-existing medical conditions. (

Stillbirth - the statistics
The term stillbirth refers to death at, or before birth, of any baby who is more than twenty-four weeks*. Data collected in 1999 for England and Wales by the Office For National Statistics found that there were 279 Sudden Infant Deaths (SID**), a decrease of 2% on the previous year. However, the SID rate remained the same as in 1998 at 0.45 per 1,000 live births.

During the period 1995-1999, SID was more prevalent amongst boys than girls. During that time, 60% of all SIDs occurred amongst boys, whilst boys accounted for 51% of all live births. 88% of all SIDs occurred in the postnatal period (i.e. death at 28 days and over).

There were 31% more SID in the three months of January to March than in July to September.

SID rate was highest where children were born to mothers aged under 20 at time of birth.

SID rate was highest amongst babies born into a marriage with a father of social class V, compared to babies of fathers in other social classes.

SID rate was higher for babies weighing 1.500-1.999 grams, which then decreased with increasing birthweight.

SID rate was lowest for babies born within marriage.

The SID rate for babies born within a marriage where it was the mother's first birth was 64% lower than the overall SID rate. (

Stillbirth is a relatively common, but often random, occurrence. The mean stillbirth rate in the United States is approximately 1 in 115 births, which is roughly 26,000 stillbirths each year, or on an average one every 20 minutes. In Australia,[2] England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the rate is approximately 1 in every 200 births, in Scotland 1 in 167. (From The National Statistical Office and other sources.)

In developing countries, where medical care can be of low quality or unavailable, the stillbirth rate is much higher.

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Some info i have found.


There are approximately 6 million pregnancies every year throughout the United States:

  • 4,058,000 live births
  • 1,995,840 pregnancy losses

Pregnancy Loss:

Every year in the United States there are approximately 2 million women who experience pregnancy loss:

  • 600,000 women experience pregnancy loss through miscarriage
  • 1,200,000 women experience pregnancy loss through termination
  • 64,000 women experience pregnancy loss through ectopic pregnancy
  • 6,000 women experience pregnancy loss through molar pregnancies
  • 26,000 women experience pregnancy loss through stillbirth
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Thank you everyone! Your support is so awesome.

It's so hard to read over these horrible statistics. Our losses happen so often. So many, many tiny angels... the scope of this tragedy is horrific.

Just to let you know, I've also received some stats and support from a woman regarding medical terminations due to foetal abnormalities. Everyone's loss is deeply traumatic and one loss can't be "weighed against" another. You know: it's impossible to determine which loss is worse. It's very personal and impossible to quantify.

But.... I think that these parents must suffer a deep double whammy: first to have to make such an agonising choice, and then to feel they have to be all the more silent about it, fearing they'd be judged for their decision. I'm including the stats this woman is giving me too, because I feel strongly that these parents deserve equal support.

Thank you again. You are all very important people in my life.


"Nothing that grieves us can be called little: a child's loss of a doll and a king's loss of a crown are events of the same size"
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