Most Recent Data:
5.7 fetal deaths at 20 or more weeks of gestation per 1,000 live births and fetal deaths (2021)
5.7 per 1,000
5.9 fetal deaths at 20 or more weeks of gestation per 1,000 live births and fetal deaths occurred in 2017
Reduce the rate of fetal deaths at 20 or more weeks of gestation
Some suspected causes of fetal death include infections, chronic diseases like diabetes, and substance use during pregnancy. Although studies to better understand what causes fetal death are needed, there are strategies that can help reduce fetal deaths — like making sure pregnant women who have pregnancy-related complications or substance use disorders get the right treatment.
Topic: Pregnancy and Childbirth
Workgroup: Maternal, Infant, and Child Health Workgroup