still·birth | \ˈstil-ˌbərth, -ˈbərth\

Definition of stillbirth 

: the birth of a dead fetus

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In California in 2017, there were 30 stillbirths related to congenital syphilis. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "STD rates rise in Sacramento County, following statewide, nationwide trends," 2 July 2018 The figure that caused the greatest alarm for researchers and administrators was 30 stillbirths resulting from congenital syphilis statewide — the highest number reported since 1995, the CDPH said. Christopher Weber, USA TODAY, "STDs reach all-time high in California, leading to spike in stillbirths due to syphilis, state health authorities say," 15 May 2018 In Ohio, there are about 900 stillbirths a year, a largely unchanged rate for the past 15 years. Laura Hancock,, "Parents of stillborn babies ask lawmakers to back bill offering tax credit," 14 Mar. 2018 The analysis found that compared with waiting for labor to begin, induction was associated with fewer perinatal deaths, stillbirths and cesarean sections. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Inducing Labor at Full Term May Be Best Bet," 17 May 2018 But another checklist experiment — an attempt to improve childbirth outcomes in India — proved a disappointment, failing to reduce stillbirths and deaths of mothers and babies in the days after birth. Felice J. Freyer,, "Dr. Atul Gawande has long searched for a cure for the health care system," 25 June 2018 Fresno County accounted for 60 of the state’s congenital syphilis cases last year, including seven stillbirths, said Joe Prado, a division manager at the county Department of Public Health. Harriet Rowan And Alex Leeds Matthews, Washington Post, "California’s Deadly STD Epidemic Sets Record," 22 May 2018 And the infection can also spread from mother to child, resulting in a higher number of stillbirths. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "STD Cases Just Reached a Record High in California. Here's What You Need to Know," 15 May 2018 Health department officials are particularly worried about the 30 stillbirths last year caused by congenital syphilis, a 30 percent increase in one year and the highest number since 1995. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sexually transmitted diseases dramatically increase in California," 14 May 2018

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1880, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of stillbirth

: the birth of a dead baby


still·birth | \ˈstil-ˌbərth, -ˈbərth \

Medical Definition of stillbirth 

: the birth of a dead fetus — compare live birth

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