Here you will find information about Sands, stillbirth and neonatal death including key facts, spokespeople and case study information

We hope that you find everything you need but if not, please contact our press office for more information or to request a Sands media pack.

Press Office

t:  020 3897 3449 (Monday to Friday) 
e: media@sands.org.uk  

Our press office hours are Monday to Friday 9.30am-5.30pm. 

Outside these hours please call 07587 925411 and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 


Key facts

Sadly, the death of a baby is not a rare event: around 15 babies die before, during or soon after birth every day in the UK. 

Key facts and statistics on stillbirth and neonatal death:

Stillbirths

In the UK in 2017, one in every 238 births was a stillbirth. In total there were 3,200 stillbirths. That’s around nine babies stillborn every day.

Around one-third of stillbirths happen after 37 weeks of pregnancy.

Stillbirths account for more than half of the deaths of infants under one year in the UK.

Stillbirth rates remained largely unchanged from the late 1990s to 2011. From 2012 the rate started to fall. But more deaths could be prevented.

Neonatal deaths

In the UK in 2017, 2,131 babies died within the four week of life. That’s one baby in every 363 births.

The number of babies who die in the neonatal period (the first 28 days after birth) has dropped over the last decade, largely because of advances in medical knowledge and clinical care. But in the mortality rate has plateaued and even rose very slightly in 2017.

Definitions

A stillborn baby is one who has died before or during birth at or after 24 weeks of pregnancy.

A neonatal death happens in the first 28 days after birth.

Stillbirths and baby deaths that happen in the first seven days of life, are sometimes counted together and called perinatal deaths.

Sources

Office for National Statistics, Vital statistics population and health reference tables,  November 2018.       

MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report: UK Perinatal Deaths for Births from January to December 2014. Available from: www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/downloads/files/mbrracEe-uk/reports/MBRRACE-UK-PMS-Report-2014.pdf 

For more general information on stillbirth and neonatal death please visit the Why babies die section of our site.


Case Studies

Stillbirth and neonatal death is a sensitive subject that many people can find difficult to discuss publically.  However, we do have parents and families across the country willing to share their experiences. 

If you are looking for a case study please contact our press office:

t:  020 3897 3449 (Monday to Friday) 
e: media@sands.org.uk  

Our press office hours are Monday to Friday 9.30am-5.30pm. 

Outside these hours please call 07587 925411 and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 


Spokespeople

We have a number of people within Sands and experts from affiliated organisations available for interview or to speak at seminars and events.

They speak on a wide range of issues relating to stillbirth and neonatal death including but not exclusive to the following:

  • Why babies die
  • Sands’ work, aims and achievements
  • What needs to be done to reduce stillbirth and neonatal death
  • Support services for parents, families, health professionals and others
  • Improving bereavement care
  • Research and prevention
  • Funding and fundraising

If you require a local or regional perspective, we have representatives who work with local Sands groups across the country.  We can also put you in touch with key medical experts who specialise in stillbirth and neonatal death.

If you would like to talk to one of our spokespeople, please contact our press office using the details above.