Comprehensive Review of the Stillborn Placenta

Jennifer N. Weida, Frank P. Schubert, Meredith A. Pastrick, Avinash S. Patil

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Stillbirth is a common complication of pregnancy, affecting one in every 160 women in the United States who are pregnant. Stillbirth has a significant adverse medical and psychological impact on families. Identifying the cause of stillbirth can yield recommendations for the management of future pregnancies, provide a risk of recurrence, and give families a sense of closure. The placental examination is one component of a comprehensive stillbirth investigation. A systematic approach to the examination of the placenta is presented, along with an explanation of critical findings that have been associated with stillbirth. A checklist for placental evaluation by the provider who attends the birth is provided, along with information on stillbirth assessment programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)380-389
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Midwifery and Women's Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Amnion
  • Placenta
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Stillbirth
  • Umbilical cord

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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