Research & Statistics

Sands has a number of resources available for parents, medical professionals and the media. If what you're looking for isn't covered here, please contact Sands.


Sands has a number of research articles on file and is continuously collecting more.  Not all are listed here, so please contact us if you have a specific enquiry.


Mothers’ experience of their contact with their stillborn infant: An interpretative phenomenological analysis

About: Health professionals want to provide appropriate care  for parents whose  babies are stillborn.  This paper discusses the importance of preparing parents before they  spend time with their stillborn babies.

Authors: Kirsty Ryninks, Cara Roberts-Collin, Kirstie McKenzie-McHarg and Antje Horsch
Source: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014

The Impact of Pregnancy Loss on Women's Adult Relationships

Author: Catherine Collins, MPsych, BHealth Sciences
Source: The University of Adelaide

Mother's Experience of their contact with their stillborn infant

Author: Kirsty RyninksCara,
Source: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014


Video: Statistics of miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death

Calculating miscarriage statistics can be difficult, as many miscarriages happen outside of a hospital setting and may not be recorded. Sands has collated the most recent data on miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death.

Is the rate increasing or decreasing?

In 2012, there were 2,558 perinatal deaths registered in Australia, similar to the number registered in 2011 (2,553). This was 3.1% higher than the number registered in 2003 (2,480).

The number of fetal deaths in 2012 was 1,832, 4.8% more than the number registered in 2011 (1,748). This represented an increase of 11.8% over the last decade (1,638 in 2003).

There were 726 neonatal deaths registered in 2012, 9.8% lower than the number registered in 2011 (805), and a 13.8% decrease from registrations in 2003 (842)

Rates of miscarriage.

Calculating the rate of miscarriage is extremely difficult, and is not collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, not any other agency.  This is because many miscarriages happen even before the woman knows she is pregnant.  

Estimated miscarriage rate of all ‘diagnosed’ pregnancies: 25% (or roughly 1 in 4)


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