Here you will find information about Sands, stillbirth and neonatal death including key facts, spokespeople and case study information.

We hope that you find everything you need but if not, please contact our press office for more information.

Press Office

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Our press office hours are Monday to Friday 9.30am-5.30pm. 

Outside these hours please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Key facts

Sadly, the death of a baby is not a rare event: around 14 babies die before, during or soon after birth every day in the UK. 


In the UK in 2018, around 1 in every 250 births was a stillbirth. In total there were 2,929 stillbirths. That’s around eight babies stillborn every day

Around one-third of stillbirths happen after 37 weeks of pregnancy

Stillbirths account for more than half of the deaths of infants under one year in the UK

Stillbirth rates remained largely unchanged from the late 1990s to 2011. From 2012 the rate started to fall. But more deaths could be prevented.

Neonatal deaths

In the UK in 2018, 2,020 babies died within the four week of life. That’s one baby in every 360 births.

The number of babies who die in the neonatal period (the first 28 days after birth) has dropped over the last decade, largely because of advances in medical knowledge and clinical care. But recently the mortality rate has plateaued.


A stillborn baby is one who has died before or during birth, at or after 24 weeks of pregnancy.

A neonatal death happens in the first 28 days after birth.

Stillbirths and baby deaths that happen in the first seven days of life, are sometimes counted together and called perinatal deaths.


Office for National Statistics, Vital statistics population and health reference tables, Nov 2019  

For more general information on stillbirth and neonatal death please visit the Why babies die section of our site.

Case Studies

Stillbirth and neonatal death is a sensitive subject that many people can find difficult to discuss publically.  However, we do have parents and families across the country willing to share their experiences. 

If you are looking for a case study please contact our press office (details above).


We have a number of people within Sands and experts from affiliated organisations available for interview or to speak at seminars and events. They speak on a wide range of issues relating to stillbirth and neonatal death including but not exclusive to the following:

  • Why babies die
  • Sands’ work, aims and achievements
  • What needs to be done to reduce stillbirth and neonatal death
  • Support services for parents, families, health professionals and others
  • Improving bereavement care
  • Research and prevention
  • Funding and fundraising

If you require a local or regional perspective, we have a network of volunteer-led Sands support groups and Sands United FC teams across the UK.  We can also put you in touch with key medical experts who specialise in stillbirth and neonatal death.

If you would like to talk to one of our spokespeople, please contact our press office using the details above.

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