Health policies that promote child survival need better data on
stillbirths. It is important to collect stillbirth data to determine if
improved delivery care practices or more attention to problems that crop
up during pregnancy could increase a baby's chance of survival. This
information can be used to more effectively design medical and midwifery
curricula, develop community and facility-based health programmes, and
monitor their progress.
While Immpact, a global research initiative, focusses mainly on
measuring maternal health and survival, it acknowledges the importance
of the maternal, newborn, and child health continuum and has been
working to measure perinatal deaths, or those which occur in the last 12
weeks of pregnancy through the first week of life.
Evaluating Stillbirths. Improving stillbirth data could help make stillbirths a visible public health priority, Immpact, University of Aberdeen, UK, 2 pp.