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Fetal death 

Fetal death
Chapter:
Fetal death
Author(s):

Murray Enkin

, Marc J. N. C. Keirse

, James Neilson

, Caroline Crowther

, Lelia Duley

, Ellen Hodnett

, and Justus Hofmeyr

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780192631732.003.0027
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date: 23 October 2019

“Chapter 27 discusses fetal death, and that the interval between a diagnosis of antepartum fetal death and birth is a time of great distress. When the diagnosis of fetal death has been made and confirmed by ultrasound examination, women require the time and opportunity to adjust. Rushed decisions are unnecessary, except for complications such as placental abruption or severe hypertension. Women should be made aware of the options available to them, given time to consider these options and to decide what they want. They must be allowed the time to start to grieve, and to make decisions in an environment in which they feel secure. It covers choosing between active and expectant care, and the choice of methods for inducing labor.”

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