Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Too many families continue to suffer the heartbreak of losing a baby

Every day in the UK, around 13 families suffer the heartbreak of losing their baby before, during or shortly after birth. Furthermore, an estimated one in six pregnancies end in miscarriage, although this is very likely to be an underestimate as comprehensive data on miscarriage are not currently available. Losing a baby during pregnancy or shortly after birth is not a tragic inevitability. Being born preterm is an important risk factor for neonatal death, yet there has been little progress to reduce the proportion of babies who are born prematurely – around 50,000 babies each year.

Robert Wilson
Head of Sands and Tommy’s Joint Policy Unit

Georgia Stevenson
Data and Evidence Lead, Sands and Tommy’s Joint Policy Unit

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