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What is Stillbirth?

In Australia, thousands of babies are stillborn every year. A horror statistic that impacts thousands of families, their direct community and the community at large.

The definition of Stillbirth in Australia is defined as the death of a baby beyond 20 weeks gestation. It is far more than that. Stillbirth has far more meaning than that. To birth a baby stillborn is a gut wrenching devastation that no family should ever have to endure, particularly in this day and age. The loss of a child at any age is unthinkable and is too often unspoken. Thankfully there are support organisations that can help families to live with their loss and others that are conducting crucial research into the causes of stillbirth. Unfortunately there is minimal financial support for the cause. At Still Aware we strongly believe that awareness brings change.

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Facts about stillbirth.

According to The Australian Institute of Health & Welfare more than 2000 babies are stillborn annually in Australia [2] 

6 babies every day.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics states 1700 babies are born still in Australia each year [3] (5 babies daily).

No matter how you look at it – it’s too many!

  • 6 babies are born still in Australia daily…that’s one family every 4 hours leaving a maternity ward with empty arms & an empty heart. The impact of this loss lasts a lifetime.
  • 60% of stillbirths occur after 28 weeks[4]
  • Often there is nothing wrong: in a third of all stillbirth cases at term (37+ weeks) the baby’s death remains unexplained.
  • 55% of women who experienced a stillbirth perceived a change in fetal movement prior to the diagnosis.
  • A number of research studies have reported an inappropriate response by clinicians to maternal perception of fetal movements as a common contributor to stillbirth. [5]