A stillbirth or fetal death occurs when the fetus has died in the womb (strictly, after having survived through at least the first 24 weeks of pregnancy, earlier instances being regarded as abortion or miscarriage), before or during birth. A stillbirth is also the delivery of a dead infant. MORE

Can Stress Increase the Chances of Stillbirth?

A National Institutes of Health network study found that stressful events up to a year before becoming pregnant can make women more likely to have a stillbirth. ... read more »

Miscarriage: Signs, Symptoms, and Causes

A miscarriage (or spontaneous abortion) is a pregnancy that ends without intervention, surgery or medication, before the 20th week of pregnancy. ... read more »

Stillbirth Risk Increases with Stressful Pregnancy

The impact of stress on health and well-being is widely reported in medical literature. Information collected from the National Institutes of Health suggests stress may be to blame for stillbirth. ... read more »

Effects of Drinking Alcohol Before and During Pregnancy

What effect can drinking alcohol before and during pregnancy have? ... read more »

Adam Goldberg and Girlfriend Expecting Again After Stillbirth

Actor Adam Goldberg and his long-time love Roxanne Daner experienced heartbreak after their first child was stillborn in 2013. The couple is now expecting again. ... read more »

What Causes a Stillbirth?

A stillbirth is the death of a baby before or during delivery. Both miscarriage and stillbirth are terms describing pregnancy loss, but they differ according to when the loss occurs. ... read more »

Second Trimester Miscarriage

After the 12th week of pregnancy, the chances of a miscarriage drop to below 10% but miscarriages in the second trimester, while rare and unexpected, do happen. ... read more »

How to Help Someone Who Has Lost a Baby

Parents who've lost a child describe it as the lowest form of misery imaginable. Mostbereaved parents just don't know who to turn to for solace or how to ask for help. ... read more »

Umbilical Cord Prolapse

An umbilical cord prolapse occurs when the umbilical cord which connects the baby to the placenta slips before the baby's presenting part close to or into the vagina. ... read more »

Pregnancy Related Problems of Older Women

What other medical issues can affect the pregnancies of older women? ... read more »

Fifth Disease Exposure

Is Fifth Disease exposure a problem in pregnancy? ... read more »

Cocaine and Pregnancy

What does it do? ... read more »

Risk of Stillbirth Found Higher After ART Use

According to a research study by Morbidity in ART (MART), the rate of stillbirth is higher in pregnancies conceived with assisted reproductive technology (ART) than those naturally conceived. ... read more »

One Stillborn Pregnancy May Lead to Another

If a pregnancy ends with a stillbirth, the woman is more likely to suffer another stillbirth in the future, according to new research published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. ... read more »

Stillbirth 10% Higher for Boy Babies

A recently published study from the United Kingdom finds that the global rate of stillbirth is 10% higher for boy babies than for girls. ... read more »

Cool Pregnant Women Have Healthier Pregnancies

According to research completed by QUT (Queensland University of Technology), pregnant women need to stay cool during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy to decrease the risk of miscarriage and birth defects. ... read more »

Sleep Position During Pregnancy and Risk

According to research in Ghana, pregnant women who sleep on their backs (supine) are more likely to suffer stillbirth than women who sleep in other positions. ... read more »

Outcomes of Infant Exposure to H1N1 Medications

A report published in the AJOG (American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology) claims no short-term side effects occurred in infants treated with oseltamivir or zanamivir during the 2009 flu pandemic in Japan. ... read more »

Household Air Pollution and Stillbirths

Researchers from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in India recently published a study on the impact of household air pollution on stillbirth rates in India. The study was published in the journal Environmental Research. ... read more »

Delivery-Room Heart Attacks Underreported

An exhaustive study of heart attacks that occur in the delivery room was conducted. According to the team's findings, these "high-stakes events" go under-reported in the United States. ... read more »

Predicting Risk for Stillbirth and Severe Preeclampsia

Researchers recently published a study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology on the possibility of predicting risk for stillbirth, preeclampsia and small for gestational age birth based on plasma concentrations. ... read more »

Maternal and Fetal Risk Factors for Stillbirth

A study out of West Midlands Perinatal Institute on stillbirth risk factors was recently published in the journal BMJ. The cohort study investigated 389 stillbirths as part of a total pool of more than 92.000 live births between 2009 and 2011. ... read more »

Multiple Births and The Risk of Congenital Anomalies

Over the last 30 years, the numbers of congenital anomalies have doubled in multiple births, according to a research study published in BJOG. The study was completed by researchers from the University of Ulster. ... read more »

Sickle Cell Disease, Fertility and Pregnancy

Women with sickle cell disease are more likely to have problems during pregnancy; these problems can affect both the pregnant woman and her unborn baby. ... read more »

Risk of Complications for First Time Moms Over Age 30

Conventional wisdom always held that pregnancy is a riskier for women over the age of 35. New research, published in the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, suggests age-related risks actually begin as a woman leaves her 20s. ... read more »

Doppler Ultrasound Assessment of Stillbirth Risk

Researchers from St. George's Hospital Medical School in London recently published a study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology focuses on the possibility that Doppler ultrasound may be an effective means of predicting stillbirth risk. ... read more »

Itchy Tummy May Be Pregnancy-Related Liver Disease

An itchy tummy is a common complaint among pregnant women. It's usually attributed to the skin being stretched tight across an expanding belly or increased blood flow to the abdomen. Sometimes, though, it can signify a liver disease associated with pregnancy ... read more »

Fetal Growth Restrictions Increase Risk of Stillbirths

When fetal growth restrictions go undetected during pregnancy, the risk of stillbirth increases dramatically. ... read more »

Maternal Sleep and Risk of Pregnancy Complications

Researchers at the University of Michigan recently published a study correlating sleeping patterns and increased risk of stillbirth, preeclampsia and low birth weight. Sleeping patterns can be altered and thus, so can the increased risk of pregnancy complications. ... read more »

Prenatal Magnesium Exposure and Cerebral Palsy Risk

A study done in 1996 to 1998 in Georgia examined the correlation between prenatal exposure to magnesium sulfate and a reduced risk of cerebral palsy. This correlation was being studied because of other prenatal uses for magnesium sulfate. ... read more »

How Pre-Pregnancy Weight Affects Stillbirth Risk

Maternal obesity more than doubles the risk of stillbirth and neonatal death. ... read more »

After a Stillbirth - Take Your Time

A stillbirth is the death of a baby after the 20th week of pregnancy but prior to delivery. If the fetus dies before 20 weeks, it's considered a miscarriage. ... read more »

Are Antidepressants Safe During Pregnancy?

Are antidepressants safe to take during pregnancy? ... read more »

Fetal Size Impacts Stillbirth Risk

Researchers from St. Michaels Hospital have found a new possible risk factor for stillbirths that could lead to lifestyle changes and pregnancy screenings to reduce the risk. ... read more »

The Still of a Beating Heart

There is nothing worse than delivering the news to a pregnant woman that her fetus has no heartbeat. Stillbirth is one of the complications of pregnancy that receives very little attention, but that may soon change. ... read more »

Why Are Pre-Term Boys More at Risk of Death?

Some diseases and conditions that affect children can often affect one gender more than the other. Though there are many reasons for this, sometimes it’s a mystery that researchers and scientists have yet to figure out. ... read more »

Those Eggs Have an Expiration Date

How much potential does advanced maternal age have for resulting in adverse pregnancy results outcome? In other words, when is the expiration date for a woman's eggs? ... read more »