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Greece's unemployment rate linked to rise in stillborn births

Greece's poor economy, particularly high unemployment amongst women, has been linked to a marked increase in stillborn births.

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Baby boy George Doikas is held by his mother at a state maternity hopital in Athens. (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)

Stillborn births in Greece soared 21 percent between 2008 and 2011, almost certainly because of the country's economic recession, Greek news site Ekathimerini reports.

In 2011, there were 4 stillbirths per one thousand individuals, compared with 3.31 per thousand in 2008.

Researchers are linking it to spiking unemployment, especially among women:

“The findings of the research should not surprise us because it has already been observed in academic publications that recessions are linked to a fall in the number of births,” Simou told Eleftherotypia newspaper, which published her study.

The overall birthrate also fell.

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