Increase Medical Research to Decrease Stillbirths

Target: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden

Goal: Increase medical research on possible causes of stillbirths in the U.S.

The U.S. has a very high rate of stillbirths every year, and this rate has hardly declined at all over the past 15 years. A huge part of this continuously high rate of stillbirths over the years is a lack of research on the subject. With 22,750 stillbirths recorded last year alone, it is essential that more time and effort be spent researching possible causes and preventions for this extremely traumatic and devastating condition.

Stillbirth in the U.S. is considered the death of a fetus anytime after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Currently, three in every 1,000 births results in a stillbirth, making the U.S. the country with the 22nd highest stillbirth rate among 186 countries. While multiple risk factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes have been identified as possible causes of stillbirth, there is simply not enough research being conducted to find ways to reduce the number of stillbirths occurring in the U.S.

The death of an unborn baby is an extremely traumatic experience for parents and families. With thousands of babies being stillborn every year, it is time for the U.S. to begin gathering more consistent and detailed data about stillbirths in an attempt to reduce the number of families who are impacted by this devastating condition. Please sign the below petition to show your support for increasing medical research into stillbirth in the U.S.


Dear Dr. Frieden,

I am writing to request that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention please increase the amount of medical research into the topic of stillbirth. In the U.S. Three of every 1,000 births in the U.S. result in a stillbirth, and this is the 22nd highest rate out of 186 countries. With stillbirth being a traumatic experience for parents and families, it is essential that more research be conducted in an effort to find possible causes and preventions for this terrible condition.

In the last year alone, 22,750 stillbirths were recorded in the U.S. Not only is this number extremely high, but many of these stillbirths won’t have an actual cause identified because stillbirth is simply not researched as systemically as in other countries with lower stillbirth rates. This results in families not only grieving the loss of their baby, but not having any answers as to why their baby was lost. Until the U.S. begins implementing ways of gathering more consistent and detailed data on stillbirth, thousands of babies will continue to be stillborn every year.

It is essential that the medical community do everything possible to try and reduce the rate of stillbirths in the U.S., and this means beginning to increase the amount of research into possible causes and preventions. Please make every effort to increase and improve research practices so that fewer parents have to endure the tragic loss of a child due to stillbirth.


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