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Stillbirths: economic and psychosocial consequences

Stillbirth reduction remains a global health priority. The economic costs of stillbirth are high for families, communities and society and are largely borne by families.

Daniel Nuzum, Keelin O'Donoghue
Journal Name
The Lancet
Journal Article
Impact, Stillbirth
Full Citation
Heazell AEP, Siassakos D, Blencowe H, Burden C, Bhutta ZA, Cacciatore J, Dang N, Das J, Flenady V, Gold KJ, Mensah OK, Millum J, Nuzum D, O'Donoghue K, Redshaw M, Rizvi A, Roberts T, Toyin Saraki HE, Storey C, Wojcieszek AM, Downe S, for the The Lancet Ending Preventable Stillbirths Series study group, with The Lancet Ending Preventable Stillbirths investigator group. Stillbirths: economic and psychosocial consequences. The Lancet. 2016;387(10018):604-616.
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This paper brings together many published studies and systematic analyses to explore the economic and psychosocial burden and impact of stillbirth. This paper is part of the Lancet Stillbirth Series to increase public and healthcare attention on the importance of stillbirth as a global health concern and as part of the global initiative to reduce preventable stillbirths. This paper highlights the economic burden and costs of stillbirth to couples and to society as well as drawing attention to the psychological impact of stillbirth and makes recommendations for empathic care and heightened public awareness.

Pregnancy Loss Research Group

Pregnancy Loss Research Group, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University College Cork, Fifth Floor, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork, T12 YE02, Ireland,