Stillbirth rates have declined by about 50 percent during the last 30 years, primarily as a result of better treatment of maternal conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Rh disease (an incompatibility of a mother and baby’s blood types that causes an immune response) was an important cause of stillbirth until the late 1960s, but is now almost completely preventable.
In April 2011, The Lancet, a leading medical journal, announced the publication of a Series of research articles focused solely on stillbirth. Six articles making up the Series detailed the “global extent of the world’s 2.6 million third-trimester stillbirths, where they occur, and what can be done to prevent them.” First Candle joined an esteemed team of international organizations to launch the Series and call attention to this groundbreaking research effort. Click on the link below to find more information about stillbirth and the Lancet Series. http://www.thelancet.com/series/stillbirth
Despite this progress, more than 25,000 precious babies are lost to stillbirth each year in the United States. Learn what you can do to help protect your unborn baby by clicking on the link to the Kicks Count! page.