Low autopsy acceptance after stillbirth in a disadvantaged French district: a mixed methods study.


Stillbirth continues to be a major public health concern in high income countries as highlighted by recent international collaborations which have shown the need for more research and policy for prevention and support for parents experiencing stillbirth [1]. Furthermore, risks of stillbirth are marked by strong social and geographical inequalities [2]. Stillbirth rates in disadvantaged communities can be double those in more affluent areas [3, 4]. In general, stillbirth rates are higher for women with lower educational levels, income and also within migrant communities. Including women with these risk factors in research on prevention and bereavement care is therefore essential. […]