Stillbirth epidemiology, risk factors, and opportunities for stillbirth prevention

Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2010 Sep;53(3):588-96. doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181eb63fc.


World-wide, there are between 3 and 4 million stillbirths delivered each year, 98% of these deaths occur in the developing world. Although there are very significant differences in the rate and causes of stillbirth in these settings, the study of stillbirth globally gives insight into the interaction between the fetal and maternal conditions in the setting of varying access to healthy food, access to medical care, treatment of infections, screening of congenital anomalies, education, and access to antepartum and intrapartum care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Fetal Death / prevention & control*
  • Fetal Growth Retardation
  • Fetal Movement
  • Humans
  • Maternal Age
  • Obesity / complications
  • Parity
  • Preconception Care
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Trimesters
  • Pregnancy, High-Risk
  • Pregnancy, Multiple
  • Prenatal Care
  • Racial Groups
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Stillbirth / epidemiology*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / complications