The science of stillbirth

This is probably not the information most people will be looking for, but as a scientist, I’m always searching for reasons why things happen. Now I’m on a mission to find out why this happened to me… at least I have to try. I’m trying to compile as complete a bibliography on recent, relevant studies of stillbirth as possible. If you know of studies not listed here, please add them in a comment. There are some studies that discuss use of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco in pregnancy with risk of stillbirth but I’m not including those for now, as these risk factors are not relevant for me or for most babylost moms that I have met.

Epidemiology/biology/health studies

  • László KD, et al. (2013). Maternal Bereavement During Pregnancy and the Risk of Stillbirth, Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey, 68 (6) 407-408. DOI:  (NOT open access)
  • Hogue CJR, et al. (2013). A Population-based Case-Control Study of Stillbirth: The Relationship of Significant Life Events to the Racial Disparity for African Americans, American Journal of Epidemiology, 177 (8) 755-767. DOI:  (open access, see also NICHD press release)
  • Silver RM & Ruiz RJ. (2013). Invited Commentary: Maternal Stress and Stillbirth–Another Piece of the Puzzle, American Journal of Epidemiology, 177 (3) 228-229. DOI:  (NOT open access)
  • The Stillbirth Collaborative Research Network Writing Group. (2011). Causes of Death Among Stillbirths, JAMA, 306 (22) 2459. DOI:  (open access, see also NICHD press release)
  • The Stillbirth Collaborative Research Network Writing Group. (2011). Association Between Stillbirth and Risk Factors Known at Pregnancy Confirmation, JAMA, 306 (22) 2469. DOI:  (open access)
  • Flenady V, et al. (2011). Major risk factors for stillbirth in high-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis, The Lancet, 377 (9774) 1331-1340. DOI:  (NOT open access)
  • Melve KK, et al. (2010). Recurrence of Stillbirth in Sibships: Population-based Cohort Study, American Journal of Epidemiology, 172 (10) 1123-1130. DOI:  (open access)
  • MacDorman MF & Kirmeyer S. (2009). The Challenge of Fetal MortalityCDC National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief.
  • MacDorman MF, et al. (2006). Fetal and Perinatal MortalityNational Vital Statistics Reports, 60 (8).

Psychology/sociology studies

  • (2011) Stillbirth series in the Lancet. Mostly sociology or policy, plus some epidemiology. (NOT open access)
  • Cacciatore J, et al. (2009). The effects of social support on maternal anxiety and depression after stillbirth, Health & Social Care in the Community, 17 (2) 167-176. DOI:  (NOT open access, see full text via Share)
  • O’Leary J. (2009). Never a simple journey: pregnancy following perinatal loss, Bereavement Care, 28 (2) 12-17. DOI:  (NOT open access, see full text via Share)
  • Cacciatore J & Bushfield S. (2008). Stillbirth: A Sociopolitical Issue, Affilia, 23 (4) 378-387. DOI:  (NOT open access, see full text via Share)
  • Cacciatore J, et al. (2008). Effects of Contact with Stillborn Babies on Maternal Anxiety and Depression, Birth, 35 (4) 313-320. DOI:  (NOT open access, see full text via Share)
  • Cacciatore J, et al. (2008). Stillbirth and the Couple: A Gender-Based Exploration, Journal of Family Social Work, 11 (4) 351-372. DOI:  (NOT open access, see full text via Share)
  • Cacciatore J. (2007). Effects of Support Groups on Post Traumatic Stress Responses in Women Experiencing Stillbirth, OMEGA: The Journal of Death and Dying, 55 (1) 71-90. DOI:  (NOT open access, see full text via Share)
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