- A stillborn child is one who dies in utero at 20 weeks or more, many times at full term.
- Babies are stillborn for many reasons, including maternal infection, placenta complications, umbilical cord problems, and anencephaly.
- Worldwide there are 4 million stillbirths every year.
- In the U.S there are 26,000 stillbirths annually 71 per day.
- One in 200 wanted American pregnancies ends in stillbirth.
- Eleven of the 50 states give stillbirth parents the option of ordering a stillbirth certificate to acknowledge their child’s life, in addition to a fetal death certificate. A grass-roots movement is working to urge passage of such “missing angels bills” in all 50 states.
- In 2003 the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development awarded $3 million to fund the new Stillbirth Research Collaborative Network.
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