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[Comment] Offline: Stillbirths—the last great myth

Stillbirths are dismissed, stigmatised, and ignored by governments, media, and even health systems. Last week, a coalition of international researchers launched a new campaign to persuade political leaders to take stillbirths a great deal more seriously. The whole subject of stillbirths is bedevilled with myths. Stillbirths are not an important global health challenge? There are 2·6 million stillbirths annually, 1·3 million of which (horrifically) occur during labour. Stillbirths are inevitable? No, most causes of stillbirths (eg, infection, malnutrition) are entirely preventable.

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