Every year approximately 2.6 million infants are stillborn. This is a significant challenge to public health, primary care, emergency and maternity services around the globe.
The articles grouped here into the BMC Ending Preventable Stillbirth Series draw together manuscripts that explore the need for better information regarding the babies that die and how the reasons for their death are documented. They explore risk factors for stillbirth, particularly in socially excluded populations. Finally, they consider the enduring impact of stillbirth, how this may be quantified and what interventions can be employed to ameliorate the impact of stillbirth in low and high-income settings. We hope that the evidence presented here is a building block to the prevention of stillbirth and its negative impacts.
Guest Editors: Dr Alex Heazell, Dr Frederik Froen
Editor: Nawsheen Boodhun
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