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Teaching presentation: Still Birth
Transcript of Teaching presentation: Still Birth
By: Sarah Anderson
What is Stillbirth?
An infant who, at birth, demonstrates no signs of life, such as breathing, heartbeat, or voluntary muscle movements
History and law's of Stillbirth
State laws require the reporting of fetal deaths, and Federal law mandates national collection and publication of fetal death data
Effect on the childbearing woman/family.
The parents will be devastated, some may grieve for months or years
The Crawford Family
This occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy
Still birth occurs in about 1 and 160 pregnancies
What Causes stillbirth?
Poor fetal growth
Chronic health conditions in the mother
Umbilical cord accidents
How is fetal death treated?
When stillbirth occurs prior to labor, the mother usually goes into labor spontaneously and delivers within two weeks
Labor many also be induced at any time after stillbirth is discovered using hormones and prostaglandins
Minnesota's definition of still birth: A fetal death report is
filed when a delivery resulting in stillbirth occurred in Minnesota and when at least 20 or more weeks of gestation had
elapsed before the delivery.
Who is at risk?
Women 35 years old or older
Inadequate prenatal care
Alcohol and drug abuse
Multiple gestation (twins or more)
Post date pregnancy (longer than 42 weeks)
Preventions of stillbirth
A daily kick count
Avoid drugs, alcohol and smoking as these can increase your risk of stillbirth and other pregnancy complications.
Contact your health care provider immediately if you have any vaginal bleeding in the second half of pregnancy.
If you have had a previous stillbirth
Resources for families
Missing GRACE Foundation
Fairview ridges Hospital
on call: 612-672-7272.
Pregnancy and Newborn Loss Support Group
Center for Grief
Now I law me down to sleep
The Professional’s Grief
It is normal to feel a sense of grief, lose, and powerlessness
Do not try to withdrawal from the situation this can cause communication barriers with parents
Attend the memorial service
Take breaks at work
Take time in your life for rest and relaxation
Learn and practice calming techniques
Acknowledge the loss
Stillbirth registration began in 1927
Minnesota Statutes 2005, section 144.2151, allow for the filing of a record of birth, resulting in stillbirth if a fetal death report.
When a baby dies, the mom is given very few choices as to medical procedures, and she may feel as if she has no control over her body.
Giving parents the opportunity to nurture their baby
Help the parents bathe and dress their baby
photographing perinatal loss
Make 3D hand and foot mold or create hand prints in plaster or air dry clay.
Help the mom paint her baby girls’ fingernails and toenails, creating a unique bonding experience
1. Prepare the family
2. Create Memories
Relational, psychological and spiritual are the most common effects on the family
Mother may feel
Guilt or failure
Loss of control
Father may feel
Loss of control
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