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Women whose babies were stillborn to feature in new exhibition

Photos of 17 brave women during their pregnancy to form an exhibition to highlight Britain's alarming stillbirth rate.

Posted: 14 July 2011
by Lara Brunt
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Remembering their lost babies: The women want to highlight stillbirth

An exhibition featuring photos of pregnant women whose babies were stillborn aims draw attention to Britain's stillbirth rate, which is one of the highest in the developed world.

Each of the 17 women has contributed a photograph of herself pregnant for the exhibition sponsored by stillbirths charity Sands, to highlight the sad fact that 17 babies die just before, during or after birth each day in Britain.

A number of high-profile women have lost their unborn babies in the later stages of pregnancy this year, including Lily Allen and Amanda Holden.

The exhibition was organised by John Kemp, from London, whose son Alexander was stillborn four years ago after his wife Shazia suffered a total placental abruption.

"We felt that stillbirth was very much in the shadows and not really talked about," John told the Daily Mail.

Research published earlier this year in The Lancet medical journal found that Britain's stillbirth rate ranked 32nd out of 35 developed countries.

Although stillbirth rates are actually declining - by about 17.4% between 1995 and 2009 - other countries have moved faster, the report concluded.

The photographs will be displayed at the House of Commons in November, and at an exhibition in London afterwards.

Sands is calling on the Government to fund research for better screening to detect potential problems. To add your name to the petition, visit www.uk-sands.org.

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What A good idea,I have suffered 2 complete abruptions resulting in stillbirth both times,people need to be more aware and more needs to be done to prevent these tragedies.

Posted: 27/01/2012 at 09:29

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