Welcome to the Stillbirth Resource Hub
This hub aims to:
- curate evidence, factsheets and infographics on the issue of stillbirths for you to share and download
- provide stories of change and blogs on the impact of stillbirths on women and their families across the world
- further the implementation of the Every Newborn Action Plan through briefings and information on how the inclusion of the stillbirth rate will contribute to improved quality of care for women and babies
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The Lancet has launched the Ending Preventable Stillbirths Series on 19th January 2016. It has five papers, including new UN stillbirth estimates and trends for 195 countries, as well as covering the mental health and economic effects of stillbirth, particularly on women and their families.
The new research shows that there are 2.6 million are stillbirths, 98% of which occur in low and middle income countries.
Every woman should be able to have a baby that is alive and well after months of pregnancy. In some countries, stillbirths are not recorded or investigated to uncover what went wrong or what could prevent it happening again.
Women, and their families, who experience stillbirths are profoundly affected. Some can have prolonged grief, compounded by stigma and a lack of societal recognition of this loss. Some women are held responsible for their stillbirths, with shame and silence added to that grief.
1.3 million babies begin labour alive and die before birth. The vast majority of these deaths are easily preventable with antenatal care, access to skilled birth attendants, and appropriate facilities for basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric care. The stillbirth rate is a sensitive indicator of quality of care in pregnancy and at birth.
Sign up to the CALL TO ACTION
We call on the international community, governments and communities to take action to prevent stillbirths through:
INTENTIONAL LEADERSHIP: Maximise existing leadership; ensure global organisations include stillbirths when acting for women and children, intentionally involving parents and nurturing champions
INCREASED VOICE, especially among women: Empower women to demand quality of life and health care, and support those affected by stillbirth to raise their voices for change; develop culturally appropriate protocols for respectful care after death; reduce stigma
IMPLEMENTATION of integrated interventions with commensurate investment: Ensure high-quality care for every woman during pregnancy, labour and birth, and after stillbirth; focus on the highest impact interventions, especially intrapartum care in the highest burden settings; address health system bottlenecks, especially the need for skilled health workers, particularly midwives; increase funding and innovation commensurate with the scale of 2·6 million deaths a year; promote these actions within global, regional and national processes in support of the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health
INDICATORS TO MEASURE IMPACT and monitor progress: Count every pregnancy and every baby, including stillbirths, particularly by improving Civil and Vital Registration Systems; integrate stillbirth-specific components within relevant plans for data improvement, especially to track programmatic coverage and quality, including stillbirth prevention and post-stillbirth support; complete and use perinatal audit tools and a global classification system
INVESTIGATION of crucial knowledge gaps: Address gaps in knowledge by setting research priorities regarding stillbirth prevention and bereavement support, including discovery, translational, and implementation science to drive innovation; develop research capacity
If you have stories, blogs or evidence you would like to add, please email us at MamaYe.