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CALLS for more research to be carried out to prevent stillborn deaths are being backed by a Portsmouth MP.

Charity Sands, which supports families, says 6,500 babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth every year in the UK.

But it claims the lives of 1,200 could be saved if more research and greater awareness of the risks of stillbirth and newborn baby death were promoted.

MP Penny Mordaunt, who represents the north of the city, said: ‘I was shocked to discover the scale of baby deaths in the UK.

‘Seventeen babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth every day, with stillbirth being the largest contributor to child deaths under the age of five years old.

‘These deaths have a devastating impact on parents and their families, and I fully support Sands in its call for urgent action to prevent baby deaths in the future.’

The charity hopes its report will raise awareness and urges people to support the cause.

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