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About SIDS, SUID and Late-Term Stillbirth

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SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

Thanks to current research, there are now preventive steps parents can take to ensure the baby’s safety while they sleep. It is critical that every parent and caregiver understand the importance of these steps and are prepared to follow them as soon as the baby is born.

If these steps are not followed, and the baby is found in a compromising environment, the death may be classified as SUID (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death), rather than SIDS.

Facts on SIDS/SUID

At this time there is no known way to prevent all sudden infant deaths, but there are lifesaving steps parents and care-  givers can take to help protect their baby from SIDS and SUID, including suffocation and accidents during sleep.

Facts on Stillbirth

What is stillbirth?

A stillbirth is the death of an unborn baby that has been in the mother’s womb for 20 weeks or more. Stillbirth is a  term that describes when a baby dies, and is not a cause of death. Stillbirth cuts across all socio-economic classes,  races, religions, body types and maternal age groups. No woman is immune.

How often does stillbirth happen?

While stillbirth rates have decreased by more than 50 percent since the 1970’s, there are still more than 25,000  babies stillborn in the U.S. each year . . . that equals 70 babies each and every day.

What increases my risk of having a stillbirth?

Research has identified several risk factors that may lead to a stillbirth:

What are some common causes of stillbirth?

Stillbirth can be caused by problems with the mother, baby, placenta or umbilical cord. In stillbirths where a cause was identified by an autopsy, some common causes include:

It is important to note that nearly two-thirds of all stillbirth deaths remain unexplained. Experts warn that this is

most likely due to the fact that in many hospitals, autopsies are not required by law.

What can I do to protect my unborn baby?

At this time, there is no way to predict or prevent all stillbirths. But there are many things that pregnant mothers can do to reduce the risk of Stillbirth.

Is stillbirth hereditary?

There is no evidence to reflect that stillbirth is hereditary. However, because 1 in 150 babies are stillborn, women  within the same extended family may experience a stillbirth. It is important to note that these related women’s  stillbirths may have no connect whatsoever.

What are the chances of a woman who has had one stillbirth to have another with her subsequent pregnancies? 

Although all pregnancies can be considered a possibility for stillbirth to occur, 98% of all pregnancies result in the  live birth of a healthy baby.