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