Key facts and statistics: stillbirth and neonatal deaths

  • Every day, 11 babies are stillborn and six newborn babies (Neonatal Death) die in the UK – that’s 6,500 baby deaths a year.
  • One in every 200 babies delivered in the UK is stillborn (that is, the baby has died during pregnancy or birth anytime from 24 weeks of pregnancy onwards).
  • The percentage of pregnancies that end in stillbirth has remained largely unchanged in the UK for the past 15 years.
  • Other high-income countries have achieved significant reductions in stillbirths in recent years, demonstrating more can be done to decrease the incidence of Stillbirth or Neonatal Death.
  • Almost 15 times more babies are stillborn than die of cot death (‘sudden infant death’) every year in the UK.
  • One in every 300 babies born in the UK dies in the first 4 weeks of life (this is termed a Neonatal Death).
  • A common perception is, lethal congenital anomalies (birth defects that are incompatible with life) are the common cause of Stillbirth.  This is not true.  Congenital anomalies account for fewer than 10% of stillbirths.
  • The majority of stillbirths happen in pregnancies which were considered ‘low risk’, and the baby’s death is unexpected.
  • In one in three stillbirths, the reason for the baby’s death is unclear and often described as ‘unexplained’.  This is largely because we don’t as yet fully understand the causes of stillbirth and more research is needed.
  • One-third of stillborn babies – that’s around 1,200 babies every year – die at term (37–41 weeks’ gestation), just as the baby is ready to be born.
  • The death of a baby has a profoundly devastating effect and lasting impact on parents, wider family and friends.


The Lily Mae Foundation have a number of people available for interview or to speak at seminars and events.  We can also put you in touch with key medical experts who specialise in stillbirth and neonatal death.

They speak on a wide range of issues relating to stillbirth and neonatal death including but not exclusive to the following:

  • Why babies die
  • The Lily Mae Foundation’s work, aims and achievements
  • What needs to be done to reduce stillbirth and neonatal death
  • Support services for parents, families, health professionals and others
  • Funding and fundraising
  • Research and prevention
  • Improving bereavement care

Ryan Jackson (Managing Director)

Tel: 07853 969073 / 01676 535716



Amy Jackson (Operations Manager)

Tel: 07853 914849 / 01676 535716