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August 29, 2019

Stillbirth rate in England hits lowest level on record

In 2018, the stillbirth rate in England hit an all-time low of 4 per 1,000 births. This is down from a rate of 4.1 in 2017 and 5.1 in 2010.

The neonatal mortality rate in England in 2018 was 2.8 deaths per 1,000 live births. This is lower than the rate of 2.9 in 2017, but higher than the all-time low of 2.7 seen in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The rate in 2010 was 3 deaths per 1,000 live births.

For comparison, the stillbirth rate in Wales in 2018 was 4.4 per 1,000 births and the neonatal mortality rate was 2.5 neonatal deaths per 1,000 live births.

The figures for England are relevant to those interested in the government ambition to halve stillbirth and neonatal mortality rates in England between 2010 and 2025. Achieving this ambition would mean reducing the stillbirth rate to 2.6 stillbirths per 1,000 births and the neonatal mortality rate to 1.5 deaths per 1,000 live births by 2025.

The figures were published in the ONS report Deaths Registered in England and Wales: 2018, which can be accessed here.


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