Stillbirths, Newborn Deaths Drop in the United States

Stillbirths and newborn deaths in the United States have dropped considerably since 2007, according to a new study of nearly 35 million births.

The number has declined 11.5 percent between 2007 and 2015, according to researchers. The study that examined trends in American perinatal mortality was published on Monday, May 14, in the Journal of American Medical Association Pediatrics.

Stillbirths declined from 5.7 to 5.6 per 1,000 births and neonatal mortality dropped from 3.3 to 3.0 per 1,000 births, reported UPI, citing the study.

Among the other findings was that some age groups may be due to lower-risk pregnancies delivered too early, according to lead author Dr. Cande Ananth of the Columbia University Medical Center.

“Increased perinatal mortality in some gestational age groups may be due to lower risk pregnancies being delivered preferentially at 39 to 40 weeks, leaving fetuses at higher risk for mortality at other gestations,” he told

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