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Stillbirth

Midwife scan clinic: response to increased demand for third trimester ultrasound

In January 2019, a midwife scan clinic was started at Kingston Hospital maternity unit. The unit delivers approximately 5000 babies annually in an obstetric-led delivery suite, a midwife-led birth...

Lactation after loss: supporting women's decision-making following perinatal death

Perinatal death affects 54 out of every 1 000 births in the UK (Draper et al, 2019) and is classically defined as a stillbirth (where a baby is born in the UK with no signs of life after 24 completed...

Sociological and psychological effects of stillbirth: theory, research, and midwifery

When a baby dies after 24 weeks gestation, it is defined as stillbirth (Tommy's, 2019) and, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS, 2018), 3 200 babies are stillborn in the UK every year...

The role of fetal movement counting and ‘kick charts’ to reduce stillbirths in pregnancies ≥28 weeks’ gestation

Despite advances in maternity care internationally, stillbirths remain a significant global issue (Frøen et al, 2011) with approximately 26 million cases reported in 2015 (Lawn et al, 2016) In...

Student midwives' education needs and their experience of attending a bereavement education workshop

Student midwives may encounter bereaved parents at their most vulnerable time, as they attempt to come to terms with the diagnosis of, and give meaning to, their baby's death (Kelley and Trindad,...

Assessing in-utero activity

In-utero fetal activity is seen as the hallmark of fetal wellbeing and a vital marker in the routine surveillance of unborn babies, with a further advantage that it can be assessed regularly by the...

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