By Natalie Rahhal Us Health Editor
Published: 00:02 BST, 17 September 2020 | Updated: 00:03 BST, 17 September 2020
Stillbirth rates have spiked with alarming intensity amid the pandemic and lockdowns intended to slow the spread of coronavirus, according to research from multiple nations.
In Nepal, stillbirths surged by 50 percent between late March and late May, according to a major study with data on more than 20,000 women.
A previous study found that the rate of stillbirths at one London hospital increased by four-fold.
Meanwhile, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that one in four women hospitalized for coronavirus were pregnant - and three of the 93 women included in the study had stillbirths.
But researchers say the primary driver of the global rise of stillbirths is not coronavirus infection itself. Instead, they believe that people, including pregnant women may have avoided seeking care amid lockdowns and for fear they might contract the virus at a hospital.
Stillbirth rates increased by 50% in Nepal amid coronavirus lockdowns, mirroring similar spikes in the UK and India. Researchers believe they may be a consequence of women's avoidance of