Stillbirths have surged up to 50 percent amid COVID-19 lockdowns

Stillbirths have surged up to 50 percent amid lockdowns in the coronavirus pandemic as pregnant women avoid seeking care, global research reveals Swedish researchers found that the stillbirth rate increased from seven per 1,000 births to 21 per 1,000 births after pandemic lockdowns  The number of births at hospitals declined as women avoided health care facilities  One UK hospital saw a four-found increase in its stillbirth rate  New CDC research found that one in four women hospitalized for coronavirus ws pregnant - and three out of 93 who were hospitalized had stillbirths  

By Natalie Rahhal Us Health Editor

Published: 00:02 BST, 17 September 2020 | Updated: 00:03 BST, 17 September 2020

View
comments

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 hospitals amid COVID-19 fears (file)

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

read more from dailymail.....

PREV England, Scotland and Wales declare 33 new Covid-19 deaths
NEXT Fewer than ONE PERCENT of US students and teachers have caught coronavirus