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The legal definition of stillbirth in England and Wales is that of a foetus delivered after the 24th week of gestation with no sign of life after complete expulsion.

The stillbirth rate decreases as the quality of care throughout pregnancy improves in a population.

In England and Wales the stillbirth rate was 5.77 per 1000 live births and stillbirths

Reference:

  1. Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (April 2005). Confidential Enquiry into Maternal and Child Health (England and Wales)

Last reviewed 01/2018

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