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Gaps in antenatal care are found in most stillbirths

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6193 (Published 19 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6193
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Many opportunities to monitor or screen pregnant women who went on to have stillbirths were missed by the NHS, a review of cases has found.1

For two thirds of women and babies, improvements in care could have made a difference to the outcome, investigations showed. Concerns included identifying risk factors and screening for gestational diabetes, identifying fetal growth restriction, and responding to reduced fetal movements.

“Whilst actions in the three key areas may not prevent all term antepartum stillbirths, if we get this right a substantial proportion may be prevented in the future,” said David Richmond, president …

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