There is much joy and celebrating by expectant parents when they find out about the pregnancy. But that joy can and does turn to sadness and grief for a number of expectant parents.
Around 2.6 million babies are born with no signs of life after 28 weeks’ gestation –- which defines a stillbirth — according to a collection of papers published online this week in The Lancet. Although 98 percent of these deaths take place in developing countries, stillbirths haven’t gone away in wealthier nations: Around 1 in every 300 babies are stillborn in high-income countries.
Stillbirths are a tragic and devastating reality today. My hope and prayer is that no one has to experience such a sad event as a stillbirth.