Intrapartum death

Intrapartum death

Intrapartum death occurs at the end of pregnancy, even when the birth is triggered. It is a very heavy loss for the pregnant woman and, although the body does not suffer great complications after birth and recover relatively quickly, the psychic is the one who needs a long and hard recovery.

What is intrapartum death?

This type of fetal death occurs when the baby dies during the birth process, usually due to lack of oxygen.

Risk factors

Hypoxia is therefore the cause of over 90% of intrapartum death cases. But doctors did more research to find out what causes this condition at birth. They were able to identify a number of risk factors for intrapartum death:

  • prolonged pregnancy;

  • medical history of fetal death;

  • preeclampsia;

  • difficulties in the uterine development of the fetus;

  • misprints etc.

Birth trigger

Intrapartum death often occurs during labor, before the doctor begins the procedure of birth (whether it is natural or through caesarean section). Doctors note the death from monitoring the fetal rhythm, and the patient is faced with a very difficult choice:

  • the natural expectation of the birth trigger (the birth of a dead fetus occurs naturally within maximum 2 weeks);

  • induction of birth (administration of special medicines and triggering of birth).

Doctors often advise the patient to artificially trigger birth, because waiting involves a number of complications and risks to their health. There are several methods of inducing birth - mechanical neck dilation, vaginal prostaglandin or oxytocin supplementation.

Sometimes, both anesthesia and medication are needed to relieve both pain and especially the emotional stress of pregnancy. General anesthesia is not indicated, but many ask because of the fact that the pregnant woman does not have to see the dead child when the doctor expels him. Specialists argue that in some cases it is better for the mother to see her babies, even in these conditions, because she can relieve them of their suffering.

In fact, many couples may ask to spend some time with their babies after it is removed from their mother's womb. Even doctors sometimes encourage this. That way, moms will see exactly what their babies look like and not how they imagined it and it might ease it a little.

Mother's recovery, a long and patient process

The psychological impact is immense, especially due to the fact that the baby's death occurred even at birth, after the 9 months when the pregnant woman wore it. After the birth of the deceased child, the mother needs support, especially morality from:

  • family;

  • friends;

  • doctors;

  • psychotherapist.