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Dr. Gary Stephens
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Stillbirth (Definition)

A stillbirth is a condition in which fetal death occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Most cases are due to unknown causes, but some possible causes include bacterial infection, genetic defects, recreational drug use by the mother, physical trauma, ...Read more


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My friend had a stillbirth, what tests are normally done to find out why?

Autopsy: The main test on the baby is an autopsy to look for birth defects or other causes for the death. The placenta is examined and cultures done. The mother may have tests for viruses and other infections, diabetes, thyroid or bleeding problems. Even with all these tests it's not unusual to not find an answer. ...Read more

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I haven't gotten out of bed or stopped crying since a diagnosis of GD on Thursday. Is this a normal response? So defeated. Worried about a stillbirth.

Peripartum depressed: While GD (gestational diabetes) is not a gr8 diagnosis & does increase the risk of stillbirth, it is not fated or certain. In the right hands, GD can be treated & the majority of babies are born with minimal complications. See an endocrinologist. Is this your first child? Have you had GD b4? How far along are you? Your other symptoms sound like peripartum depression. Discuss w/ your Gynecologist. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a pregancy after uterine rupture? 1st baby born normally, 2nd c-section, 3rd vbac attempt which resulted in stillbirth.

How dangerous is a pregancy after uterine rupture? 1st baby born normally, 2nd c-section, 3rd vbac attempt which resulted in stillbirth.

High risk pregnancy: Your physician there will know your specifics and if you are even advised to get pregnant again. Many women in your situation are advised against future pregnancies! ...Read more

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What are the tests for stillbirth?

What are the tests for stillbirth?

Ultrasound: An ultrasound of the pregnancy is the most definitive. Lack of fetal cardiac activity confirms the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do couples cope with a stillbirth?

How do couples cope with a stillbirth?

It varies: If this has affected you, I am sorry for your loss. The death of a child before or after birth will strain the relationship in ways that do not make sense. Now is a time to work hard to reaffirm your love for one another. Ask your physician about support groups; there is no one-size-fits-all answer. ...Read more

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What are the chances of having consecutive stillbirths?

About 1 in 16: Roughly 1 in 4 pregnancies ends sadly. So one in 1/4v1/4=1/16. A medical school classmate's wife had 4 pregnancies end too early. They later had 4 healthy kids. ...Read more

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