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Shared via ADEC – Stillbirth in the 21st century? It happens – The Washington Post

I can only imagine the grief, the shock, the sadness that a woman feels along with her family after delivering a stillborn baby! To be pregnant and carry within a baby that is meant to bring so much joy and delight to a family-the loss must be devastating.

“One in 160 American pregnancies ends in stillbirth. Each year, more than 26,000 babies die in utero, in what is supposed to be the safest place.” Why? With our modern technology, all the tests and exams that can take place…how does this happen in the modern technological world?

“But pregnant women should know the stakes. We know the chance of miscarriage is terrifyingly real. So we steel ourselves for calamity in the first trimester. Then we pray for no abnormalities at our 20-week ultrasound. After that, pregnancy is supposed to be a series of heartburn and hope, preparation for the little miracle who will steal your sleep and elate your heart.”

Peterson and four other Iowa baby-loss mamas are tackling stillbirth on their own, with a campaign called Count the Kicks. The program urges women to measure the activity of their babies daily in the third trimester, with a smartphone app. Research suggests that changes in fetal movement – either more or less active — could signal distress.

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