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What are the causes and risks of fetal death?

On Behalf of | Feb 8, 2019 | Birth Injuries |

According to findings published in VeryWell Family, roughly six of every 1,000 births that occur between 20- and 27-weeks is a stillbirth. Early stillbirth, which occurs when the fetus is between 20- and 27-weeks gestation, is only slightly more common than late stillbirths, or those that occur after 28 weeks. Sadly, roughly one in four stillbirths will not have an explanation. If you recently experienced a stillbirth in New York, you may have several questions, the biggest of which is ? This post will do its best to answer your questions.

As mentioned above, 25 percent of stillbirths will occur without any medical explanation. The remaining 75 percent generally occur because of one of six reasons. Those reasons are as follows:

  •       Genetic abnormalities
  •       Placental dysfunction, which often causes fetal growth restriction
  •       Congenital birth defects
  •       Placental disorders such as placental abruption
  •       Uterine rupture
  •       Complications with the umbilical cord 

An expectant mother may present risk factors that increase her possibility of experiencing a stillbirth. Some such risk factors include low socioeconomic status that creates barriers to adequate healthcare; poor overall health such as diabetes, kidney disease and hypertension; advanced maternal age; carrying more than one baby, especially if the pregnancy was possible via in vitro fertilization; domestic violence; a history of pregnancy issues; and a history of prior stillbirths. If a person experiences one or more stillbirths, her risk of experiencing a subsequent stillbirth increases by two to 10 times.

The information in this post is not meant to serve as legal advice. It is for educational purposes only.