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It has been found that 27000 babies in the United States were
delivered dead in last year. Unfortunately about two thirds of them showed
no physical cause to explain why they died. But we have to keep in mind
that babies, like adults die for a reason. Most of the term babies are
often the victims of cord compression during maternal sleep.
Still births cause maternal depression and frustration. It can lead
to familial problems. Most of these mothers get a good antenatal care.
So it is our duty to be alert in the labour rooms and in the ante
natal wards since it is now found that most of the still births occur due
to a reason and unexplained label will have only 15 % of babies born dead.
No competing interests
14 November 2005
Jeevan P Marasinghe
3-Special Care Baby Unit,De Zoysa Hospital for women,Colombo,Sri Lanka.