Abby's Run or Ride

In memory of
Abigail Patricia Mueller

Stillborn February 28, 2009

Stillbirth Facts

Following are the most recent facts on stillbirth:
  • Stillbirth is the death of an infant in-utero at 20 or more completed gestational weeks.
  • More than 26,000 babies are stillborn in the United States each year - 71 per day.
  • Worldwide there are over 4 million stillbirths each year.
  • One in 200 American pregnancies ends in stillbirth.
  • Almost 50 percent of these deaths occur at or near full term and often seem to be otherwise healthy babies.
  • The majority of stillbirths (85%) occur before delivery with 15% occurring during labor and delivery.
  • It is estimated that nearly two-thirds of all stillbirth deaths remain unexplained.  Researchers feel that this is more likely due to a failure to investigate the deaths, rather than a medical mystery.
  • Stillbirth deaths cut across all socio-economic classes, races, religions and maternal age groups.  No woman is immune.
  • Some of the more common diagnosable causes for stillbirth are: placental abruption and other placental problems, birth defects and chromosomal abnormalities, uncontrolled diabetes, per-eclampsia, cord accidents and infections.
  • The risk factors for stillbirth include: advanced maternal age, maternal obesity, maternal smoking, prior stillbirth, neonatal death or other fetal losses, uncontrolled maternal diabetes, maternal hypertension or hypotension and IVF pregnancies.
  • After a stillbirth, few hospitals offer an autopsy, placental exam or clinical testing to the parents to determine the cause of death. Mothers who suffer a stillbirth do not receive recognition in most states.
  • There is no certificate of birth  – making these babies births “invisible”.
  • 75% of all stillbirths are potentially preventable losses. - http://www.stillbirthalliance.org/doc/ISA_Research_Alert_1.html
  • October 15th is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day in all 50 States. "Everyone is invited to light a candle on October 15th at 7pm in ALL Time Zones, ALL Over the World. If everyone lights a candle at 7pm and keeps it burning for at least one hour, there will be a continuous WAVE OF LIGHT over the entire world on October 15th, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day."