Stillbirth affects about 1 in 160 births in the United States, and approximately 24,000 babies are stillborn each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stillbirth is the death or loss of a baby before or during labor and delivery – and after 20 weeks of pregnancy. If the baby is lost before the 20th week of pregnancy, the death is referred to as a miscarriage. In one-third of cases, stillbirths are unexplained. Some parents have an autopsy performed on their babies and ask for other laboratory tests to find out why their infants died and prevent stillbirths in future pregnancies.
No matter the cause, the loss of a baby takes a serious toll on families’ health and well-being.
What Causes Stillborn Death?
Scientists are still trying to understand what causes stillborn death. In one study, the most common causes of stillborn death were:
- Obstetric conditions (problems linked to pregnancy or birth)
- Placental abnormalities
- Fetal birth defects
- Umbilical cord abnormalities
- High blood pressure
- Maternal medical conditions
Before, during, and after pregnancy, doctors must keep a careful eye on mothers and developing babies. If an infection emerges or a mother has a health condition, doctors should address these concerns immediately to preserve the health of both mother and child. Failure to do so may constitute medical malpractice.
Why Are Stillbirths More Common Among Black Women?
In the United States, stillbirths are more than twice as likely among black women than among white women. This is a shocking health disparity that may be caused by racism. Racial or ethnic minorities are less likely to have access to health insurance and quality medical care and more likely to experience financial, emotional, and personal stress.
Having the right care and resources is crucial to making sure you and your baby survive pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
Who Can Help?
Losing a child is one of the worst things any parent can experience – no matter where you are in your pregnancy. After a stillbirth, it is important to perform tests, including amniocentesis (testing the amniotic fluid), autopsy, genetic tests, and tests for infections.
If you discover an infection that your doctor should have treated or realize there is something your health care provider could have done to prevent your stillbirth, you should speak to an attorney.
At Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Littky-Rubin & Whitman, we are here for you during this difficult time. We provide compassionate, personalized representation, and our experienced medical malpractice team can help you find out what went wrong and what your options are moving forward.
If your doctor failed to do their job and uphold the standard of care within their industry, you should not have to suffer the fallout alone. While no amount of money will change what happened, having the right resources can help you take care of your physical and emotional health. This is especially important if you want to get pregnant again in the future.
Success in Wrongful Death Cases
Stillbirths caused by medical negligence are a type of wrongful death action. At Clark Fountain, we take these cases very seriously and recover life-changing settlements and verdicts for our clients. Due to the private nature of loss, many of these settlements are confidential, but rest assured, we will take care of you. Although no one can put a number on another’s life, our firm can make sure you do not have to worry about money as you rebuild your family after this tragedy.
Tell Us Your Story Today
We are so deeply sorry for your loss, and when you are ready, we are here to help you pursue justice. Tell us your story during a free consultation and pay no legal fees until we recover compensation on your behalf.
Our team is ready to listen and provide personalized care and assistance. We will be by your side, every step of the way.
All you need to do is call us at 561-899-2100 or contact us online and schedule a free consultation.