Research and Initiatives to Reduce the Rate of Stillbirths

Every year in the US, 22000 babies are stillborn. The devastation for their families is difficult to describe and the impact of their lives lost is often unmeasured. Unfortunately, many health professionals are taught that stillbirth in this setting is largely unpreventable. Recent efforts in other high-income settings, however, have shown this to be false. This presentation will review the status of stillbirth in the United States and how that compares to other nations. We will review initiatives that have shown to reduce stillbirth and address the barriers to their implementation in the United States. Improvement in the US stillbirth rate is possible. The discussion will consider what is needed to realize similar results and how each health professional can play a role