Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Dec;18(6):625-30.
Global analyses of stillbirth risk demonstrate that 98% occur in the developing world and that many are due to potentially preventable causes.
Summary: Relatively simple interventions may be successful in reducing the
global burden of stillbirth. Further biological understanding of the causes of
stillbirth is required to reduce the burden of the disease in the developed world.
Now tell me to be quiet and not to talk about stillbirth. Tell me not to scare anyone who wishes to remain blissfully unaware during their pregnancy. POTENTIALLY PREVENTABLE. It should scare you.
In response to Kellie's comment:
I don't think they are blaming the mother so much as saying that it's not "just something that happens." It's not something that is acceptable anymore. Instead, FINALLY, they are saying that there IS a reason to be aware of the possibility. For too long we have been indoctrinated to believe that we shouldn't talk about the possibility of stillbirth because there is just nothing that can be done about it. This study shows that is just NOT TRUE. There is a possibility that stillbirth CAN BE PREVENTED. Instead of sticking our heads in the sand like society has, we can research the living crap out of it, get to the root causes, and save some babies.