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[Comment] Supporting women, families, and care providers after stillbirths

Stillbirths are responsible for 2·6 million deaths per year.1 Each stillbirth is accompanied by great sadness and often distress, not only for the woman, father, and families,2 but also for the health professionals, especially midwives, who attend them. Midwives are particularly affected because they are usually the ones who attend the births and provide social and emotional support to the family, before and after the birth. The Lancet Series on Ending preventable stillbirths1,3–6 highlights both the actions that can reduce the risk of intrapartum stillbirths, including skilled attendance at birth and facility delivery, and also the importance of bereavement care.