Objective: Stillbirth affects a large portion of the population and results in mortality rates comparable to those of preterm delivery and sudden infant death syndrome combined. Despite the large burden, little information is available to offer patients regarding etiology, treatment or prevention for a subsequent pregnancy. Methods: We surveyed a sample of Fellows of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to determine the practice patterns in the management of stillbirth. Results: The majority of Fellows agreed on the definition of stillbirth; however, their approach to treatment and prevention varied. A majority of Fellows believed that research on understanding stillbirth was of national importance. Conclusions: A comprehensive educational effort to include current knowledge regarding causes and management, standardized diagnostic procedures, death registration and case review is recommended to improve obstetric care of those with a stillbirth.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Obstetrics and Gynecology