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[Comment] Stillbirths in sub-Saharan Africa: unspoken grief

As Joy Lawn and colleagues’ paper1 in the Lancet Ending preventable stillbirths Series shows, Africa faces the highest burden of stillbirths. The high rates of stillbirth result from poor maternal health and inadequate antenatal and post-partum care.2 Thus stillbirth is a public health as well as a development problem on the continent, as in other low-income regions. Yet the grief endured by parents who have had a stillbirth in these settings remains untold. Stillbirth in low-income countries leaves the mother with many challenges, such as ill health, grief, sadness, and coping with community perceptions.