Women with stillbirths may need to give birth without medical help

Over 40% of low-income women with a history of stillbirths had to quit their pregnancy to give birth to another child Many low-income women with a history of stillbirth may need to give birth…

Women with stillbirths may need to give birth without medical help

Over 40% of low-income women with a history of stillbirths had to quit their pregnancy to give birth to another child

Many low-income women with a history of stillbirth may need to give birth without medical assistance and some may give birth at home because of their risky pregnancy, according to new research.

Researchers from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Preventive Services Task Force reviewed data from 2006 to 2012 and found that 28% of women in low-income communities who experienced stillbirths (those in the 20th percentile or lower) had to quit their pregnancy to give birth to another child.

As such, they argue that their “prescribed healthcare is higher than recommended and leads to increased risk of stillbirth”.

In a report published in the medical journal Neonatology this week, the researchers said they were urging doctors and healthcare providers to intervene in women who had “a history of stillbirth”. They also recommend that women be screened for the human placenta parasite, which may be linked to stillbirths.

The report said doctors had to consider that women “may need to give birth without medical assistance, be treated at home with home birthing if safe, or wait until the baby is viable before travelling to the hospital for obstetric care”.

It goes on to say that doctors also need to take into account the “underlying risk factors of women with a history of stillbirth including race, socioeconomic status, geography, and maternal age”.

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