More research needed to combat stillbirth

The unbearable sadness of losing a child is impossible to put into words. When a baby dies during pregnancy and is stillborn or dies soon after birth, pain and grief strike just when parents are expecting the joy of a new family member.

The tragedy is even greater given that many lost babies did not have to die.

Today is International Infant Loss and Remembrance Day. Around the world, candles will be lit in honour and memory of the children who die during pregnancy or shortly after birth.

For women and their families who experience stillbirths, the loss can be devastating. Often, women are so shattered by the experience they prefer not to become pregnant again.

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