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Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS): Our finest hour?
Unexplained infant deaths have reached the lowest level on record in England and Wales 212 deaths in 2014, a rate of 0.3 deaths per 1,000 live births (Office for National Statistics [ONS] 2016). Here, I trace this remarkable public health success story, consider the current situation and ask what midwives might learn from the SIDS story to help tackle current public health challenges.
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Perinatal mortality and morbidityThe UK stillbirth and neonatal mortality rate has fallen by a fifth in the last decade; however, stillbirth rates continue to be among the highest of high-income countries. The Government wants to halve the rate of stillbirths and neonatal deaths in England by 2030, with a 20 per cent reduction by 2020 (O’Connor 2016).Read more
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18 September 2017Vol 20 • Number 8
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