Data and Statistics

Grieving parents
Grieving parents

 

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.

Occurrence

  • In 2014, approximately 24,000 stillbirths were reported in the United States. Read the report pdf icon[PDF – 602 KB]
  • 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.

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Rate of stillbirth over time by the number of completed weeks of pregnancy: United States, 2000-2013

Graph showing rate of stillbirth over time by the number of completed weeks of pregnancy: United States, 1990-2012

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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.

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Racial/Ethnic Differences

Rates of stillbirth vary by race/ethnicity. [Read report pdf icon[1.42 MB / 24 pages]]

Chart showing Stillbirth (fetal death) rates, by race and Hispanic origin of mother: United States, 2013

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Page last reviewed: May 9, 2019