Pregnancy loss statistics

The latest national statistics about pregnancy loss and complications in the UK.
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  • Around 60,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the UK.
  • In the UK, it is estimated that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss during pregnancy or birth.

Key statistics about pregnancy and loss in the UK 

  • 731,213 births were registered in 2018
  • There were 2958 stillbirths in 2018
  • Approximately 60,000 babies were born prematurely in 2018
  • An estimated 1 in 5 pregnancies ended in miscarriage (1 in 8 if we only count women who realised/reported the miscarriage)
  • Estimates suggest there are 250,000 miscarriages every year in the UK, and around 11,000 emergency admissions for ectopic pregnancies
  • There were 2,131 neonatal deaths in 2018
  • 114 women died from mental health-related causes during or up to one year after pregnancy in the UK and Ireland in 2018 
  • 209 women died during or up to 6 weeks after pregnancy between 2015-2017 - this equates to 9.2 women per 100,000 who died due to causes associated with pregnancy during pregnancy or soon after 

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