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Obesity and Lack of Health Care Cause U.S. Stillbirths

The good news is that the rate of U.S. stillbirths has reduced significantly from a few decades ago. But, the bad news is that obesity and lack of health care for certain sections of the society are still leading causes of stillbirths in the U.S. This information was reported online by The Lancet.

Obese women face the risk of hypertension and diabetes, which are leading reasons for stillbirth. Besides, minority and poor pregnant women do not get good health care, which also leads to stillbirths.

Worldwide, there are greater than 2.6 million stillbirths every year. And, 98% of these occur in developing countries. But, wealthy nations such as the U.S. also have their share of stillbirths. In the U.S., around 27,000 stillbirths occur annually. African-American women and their infants face much greater risk compared to White women. There are similar disparities between rich and poor women, and rural and urban women.

Still, the rate of stillbirths has dropped significantly in the U.S. from 50 per 1,000 births fifty years back, to in between 3 to 6 per 1,000 births today.

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