Stillbirth

The birth of a child is one of the great joys of life for families, but tragically each year more than 2,100 Australian babies are stillborn.  This significant loss of our youngest lives is more than our national road toll, 1,580. Incredibly around 20 per cent of stillbirths could be prevented, but there has been no improvement for two decades. New strategies are needed to reduce the rate of stillbirth, for families and their babies.

Hudson Institute researchers have made it a priority to reduce stillbirths by understanding the causes, identifying high risk mothers and closing the gap between scientific knowledge and clinical practice. 

Six babies are stillborn each day in Australia

Six babies are stillborn each day in Australia and around 20% of stillbirths remain unexplained

Women's Health Appeal

What is stillbirth?

What causes stillbirth?

What are stillbirth risks?

Scientists reducing stillbirth

Stillbirth research at Hudson Institute

Our stillbirth research program combines population-based and clinical epidemiological studies with biological science to inform the standard clinical care. The program aim is to reduce the rate of stillbirth in Australia and support improvements in clinical care.

Following our scientist’s discovery that South Asian mothers are at an increased risk of stillbirth, new clinical care guidelines introduced at Monash Health halved the rate of stillbirth at term for South Asian women.  Our researchers are now leading the roll-out, evaluation and expansion of new guidelines to support health services across Australia that will reduce stillbirth.

In addition, for the first time they are exploring the endometrium and its potential roll as an early driver of stillbirth. 

Reducing stillbirth in Victoria

Dr Miranda Davies-Tuck from the Epidemiology and Clinical Trials Research Group at Hudson Institute

Dr Davies-Tuck’s research aims to reduce Australian stillbirth by identifying and exploring the reasons behind stillbirth as well as determining the effectiveness of stillbirth prevention strategies. Dr Davies-Tuck. Dr Davies-Tuck’s research combines large population-based datasets, epidemiological studies and basic science.

Understanding drivers of stillbirth to inform prevention

Understanding and preventing stillbirth – early drivers of stillbirth

Stillbirth collaborators

Support for families

Our scientists cannot provide medical advice. If you would like to find out more information about miscarriage and stillbirth, please visit Stillbirth Centre for Research Excellence.

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