ENQUIRY EVALUATING THE RATE AND CAUSES OF STILLBIRTH IN A TERTIARY CARE CENTRE OF NORTHERN INDIA
Ankisha Sharma* and Aabha Sharma
Introduction: Birth of a baby holds a very important role the journey of parenthood but the whole process of giving birth i.e. parturition carries a high risk of death, disability and loss of developmental potential for the infant, which further has major social implications. The aim of this study is to evaluate the rate and causes of stillbirth in a Medical college. Materials and Methods: The prospective observational study was carried out on the patients with stillbirths, who were willing to participate, at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Govt. Medical College, Kangra at Tanda (Himachal Pradesh) over a period of one year. Data including detailed history, investigations, placental histopathology and autopsy of stillborn fetus was taken to classify the cause of stillbirth. Discussion: In present study the incidence of stillbirth is 10.1 / 1000 live births which was futher classified as per the various observations made into various causes like Intrapartum causes, maternal causes, fetal causes, placental causes, amniotic fluid related causes, cord related complications etc.
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