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[Comment] Learning from every stillbirth and neonatal death

The period around childbirth carries the highest risk of death for a mother and her baby. Approximately half of all stillbirths and neonatal deaths are preventable with the provision of high quality, evidence-based, and timely interventions.1 Such interventions can be implemented before and during pregnancy, during labour and childbirth, and in the hours after birth.1 Three Lancet Series, Every Newborn (2014),2 Stillbirths (2011),3 and Ending Preventable Stillbirths (2016),4 highlighted interventions to reach the ambitious but achievable targets set out by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the WHO Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health 2016–2030, to reduce preventable stillbirths and neonatal deaths worldwide.

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