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Studies show surge in stillbirths amid lockdowns. Researchers fear pregnant women are avoiding prenatal care.

Added 09-17-20 12:17:01am EST - “'What we've done is cause an unintended spike in stillbirth'” - Theblaze.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Theblaze.com: “Studies show surge in stillbirths amid lockdowns. Researchers fear pregnant women are avoiding prenatal care.”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

An array of studies show that stillbirths have surged globally following lockdowns imposed in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and researchers speculate the link could be from pregnant women avoiding hospitals and clinics out of fear of catching the virus while seeking prenatal care.

Nature cited a slew of studies this week in reporting that stillbirth rates have risen "dramatically" since the pandemic began, and that "emerging data link disrupted pregnancy services to [the] increase in stillbirths."

Jane Warland, a specialist in midwifery at the University of South Australis in Adelaide told the outlet, "What we've done is cause an unintended spike in stillbirth while trying to protect [pregnant women] from COVID-19."

Stillbirths were reported to have risen 50% in the largest study conducted, which followed 20,000 women in Nepal. Nature noted, "The sharpest rise was observed during the first four weeks of the lockdown, under which people were allowed to leave their homes only to buy food and receive essential care."

Perinatal epidemiologist Ashish K.C. at Uppsala University in Sweden, who conducted the Nepal study, also blamed lockdowns on the high stillbirth rates rather than coronavirus infections. K.C. pointed to the fact that many pregnant women studied had appointments canceled due to restrictions, were unable to use public transportation due to shutdowns, and said others likely avoided in-person clinic visits out of fear of contracting COVID-19.

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