Stillbirth happens when a baby dies in the uterus after reaching a size when it theoretically could survive outside the uterus – 20 weeks gestational age is the usual cutoff. Many stillbirths happen for unknown reasons, but sometimes, particularly in a full-term baby, medical malpractice can be an issue that parents may want to investigate.
Whatever the cause, stillbirth is always a deeply tragic event that turns a time of joy into grief.
Possible causes of stillbirth include:
- Mismanagement of prenatal care
- Mismanaged labor
- Failure to diagnose risk factors such as an overweight mother or fetus
- Failure to recognize and take action when decreased fetal movement is observed or there are signs the unborn baby is not developing properly
- Placental complications
- Umbilical cord prolapse
- Infection of the lining of the uterus
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