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.