Stillbirths are tragic. The loss of a grown baby in the womb can occur at any stage of pregnancy. In general it occurs at a rate of 15 every 1000 deliveries. The rate is 4 in 1000 at term.
There are other causes of stillbirths. Once a stillbirth has occurred, there is a five-fold increase of a repeat.
Each subsequent pregnancy requires careful documentation of its progress. Stillbirths can be predicted after thorough assessments of all investigations. In a subsequent pregnancy the first trimester scan can detect fetal or placental problems. The second trimester detailed scan will detect birth defects.
The follow up is that of a high risk pregnancy
Stillbirths are preventable.