Definition of stillbirth in English:

stillbirth

noun

  • The birth of an infant that has died in the womb (strictly, after having survived through at least the first 28 weeks of pregnancy, earlier instances being regarded as abortion or miscarriage):

    ‘an enquiry into stillbirths and deaths in infancy’
    [mass noun] ‘the risk of stillbirth’
    • ‘Families have a specific incentive to report miscarriages, stillbirths, and infant deaths to the family planning system as this leads to authorisation for a new pregnancy.’
    • ‘We estimated the risk of fetal loss according to maternal age as a proportion of all pregnancies intended to be carried to term that is, live births, stillbirths, spontaneous abortions, and ectopic pregnancies.’
    • ‘Preterm births and stillbirths are also usually not investigated, and thus the total burden of perinatal GBS disease remains unrecognized.’
    • ‘Observed numbers of low-birth-weight births, stillbirths, and spontaneous abortions among target area women were also compared with expected numbers based on published rates for African Americans.’
    • ‘Among the stratified, random 10% sample of women contacted directly by study staff to validate birth outcomes, no new transfers to hospital during or after the birth were reported and no new stillbirths or neonatal deaths were uncovered.’
    • ‘Pregnancy is considered risky for women with diabetes because of the increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and birth defects in their babies.’
    • ‘Forty six people have been admitted to hospital, with seven deaths and three miscarriages or stillbirths in pregnant women.’
    • ‘Each new infection not only increases the risk of HIV transmission but also carries the potential of other serious complications miscarriage, stillbirths, infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and severe congenital infections.’
    • ‘Abortion in a previous pregnancy predisposes to further abortions or stillbirths in subsequent pregnancies.’
    • ‘Smoking in pregnancy raises the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm birth and low birth weight.’
    • ‘The same outbreak also resulted in at least 10,000 miscarriages and stillbirths.’
    • ‘Each register collects information on all congenital anomalies occurring in miscarriages after 20 weeks' gestation, in live births and stillbirths, and in fetuses terminated after prenatal diagnosis of anomaly.’
    • ‘Thirteen registries provided listings of cases of anencephaly or spina bifida among liveborn infants, stillbirths, and pregnancy terminations that occurred between 1988 and 1998.’
    • ‘The recall of spontaneous abortions, stillbirths, illnesses, and deaths of family members may evoke strong emotional responses in patients.’
    • ‘Have infertility, miscarriages, stillbirths or infant deaths taken place in the family?’
    • ‘These figures, however, do not include teenagers whose pregnancies ended in stillbirths or abortions.’
    • ‘Ascending infection can also occur through intact chorioamniotic membranes, with subsequent events occurring in utero, resulting in stillbirths or death within hours after birth 24.’
    • ‘For many parents, their loss is completely unexpected, because up to half of all stillbirths occur in pregnancies that had seemed problem-free.’
    • ‘The baby's mother had caught rubella and when pregnant mums get rubella the results are abortions, miscarriages, stillbirths, and birth defects.’
    • ‘Hospital records within Cumbria, and in regional referral centers outside Cumbria, were searched to improve ascertainment of stillbirths and infant deaths.’
    spontaneous abortion, stillbirth
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Pronunciation:

stillbirth

/ˈstɪlbəːθ/