A new study researched by the United Kingdom's National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford has found some startling statistics linking swine flu to stillbirths.
Researchers looked at the case records for every pregnant woman in the United Kingdom who was admitted to the hospital for swine flu between September 2009 and January 2010. They found that babies born to mothers who suffered from the swine flu virus during pregnancy were much more likely to be born stillborn than babies whose mothers did not contract that version of the flu.
In fact, baby deaths among women infected with the 2009 strain of swine flu were five times higher than normal. Of the 256 mothers who were infected with the H1N1 flu virus, seven babies were stillborn and three died shortly after birth. That is roughly equal to 39 babies in 1,000 dying, compared to seven in 1,000 in mothers not infected with the virus. Mothers who had swine flu were also more likely to deliver prematurely than mothers who had not caught the virus.