Data & Statistics
Stillbirth is more common than people realize, and some factors can increase the risk for stillbirth to occur. Read below for some significant research findings on stillbirth.
- In 2013, approximately 24,000 stillbirths were reported in the United States. [Read Table B of this report]
- Since the 1940s, improvements in maternity care resulted in a dramatic reduction in the occurrence of stillbirth; however, more recently, the decline has slowed or halted.
Rate of stillbirth over time by the number of completed weeks of pregnancy: United States, 2000-2013
Factors that might increase the risk for a stillbirth
- In high income countries,
- Being obese or overweight during pregnancy contributes to about 8,000 stillbirths each year
- Advanced maternal age (greater than 35 years) contributes to about 4,200 stillbirths each year
- Smoking during pregnancy contributes to about 2,800 stillbirths each year.
Rates of stillbirth vary by race/ethnicity. [Read report]
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