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Every year in New Zealand, over 700 babies die between 20 weeks gestation, and 12 months of age, according to Sands, the national and international stillbirth and neonatal death support group for parents. And, according to the most recent figures from the Ministry of Health, the number of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (Sids) deaths dropped annually from 56 in 2007 to just 18 in 2012. Sids - also known as Sudden Unexpected Death of an Infant (Sudi) and cot death - is the sudden unexplained death of a child less than one year of age.
Meanwhile, New Zealand’s rate of stillbirths has dropped since 2007. One baby died for every 200 births in 2013, compared with one for every 180 births in 2007,
Parameters of stillbirth vary around the world; the international measure is 28 weeks gestation, but New Zealand registers babies from 20 weeks into the pregnancy, or from when the babies weigh 400g.