Figures released today by the Office of National Statistics shows 2017 had the lowest stillbirth rate since records began. 

The stillbirth rate decreased to 4.2 per 1,000 total births in 2017, the lowest rate on record with figures available back to 1927; in the last decade since 2007 the stillbirth rate has decreased by 19.2%.

The statistician said “The stillbirth rate has dropped to a record low, declining each year since 2011. It is a step towards achieving a government ambition to reduce the rate of stillbirths by introducing new maternity strategies while ensuring the best and safest care.

“Meanwhile, birth rates for live births have decreased for all women except those aged 40 years and over where the birth rate has continued to rise, following a trend seen for the last 40 years. Despite this, the proportion of women aged 40 years and over having a baby still remains below that seen in the 1940s.”  Nicola Haines, Vital Statistics Outputs Branch, Office for National Statistics

At kicks count we are delighted with this news and are inspired to keep raising awareness!!