Published on ITV News website on 26th May 2021
The Office of National Statistics (ONS) published a report on stillbirth rates and infant mortality rates in different ethnic groups. The report revealed that Black and Asian babies have higher rates of stillbirth and infant mortality compared to white babies. In 2019, the stillbirth rate for Black babies was 7.1 per 1000 births and the infant mortality rate was 6.4 per 1000 live births. The stillbirth rate for Asian babies was 5.1 per 1000 births and the infant mortality rate was 5.5 per 1000 live births. The study found that white babies consistently had the lowest stillbirth rates and infant mortality rates over twelve years.
“One known risk factor for both stillbirths and infant mortality is deprivation. Babies from Asian, Black and Any Other ethnic group were more likely to live in more deprived areas compared with their white counterparts which could explain higher rates in those ethnic groups,” – Thomas Maddox, Office for National Statistics.