What happens after the baby is delivered?
Patients and their healthcare providers should discuss beforehand what will happen. Patients can let their provider know if they want to hold their baby or perform cultural or religious rituals soon after birth.
The medical team can do tests to try to determine the cause of the stillbirth. First they examine the placenta, membranes, and umbilical cord right after delivery. Then they ask permission to have these tissues thoroughly anal ... yzed in the lab and to do genetic testing and an autopsy on the baby.
This may be difficult for parents who are grieving for their child. And even a thorough evaluation may not answer the question of why the baby died.
On the other hand, parents may learn valuable information. For example, if the stillbirth was the result of a genetic problem, the mother can be on the lookout for it in her next pregnancy. Or she may find out that the cause is something that's unlikely to recur, such as an infection or a random birth defect, which may be reassuring if she wants to become pregnant again.
Providers can explain to parents what might be learned from an autopsy, how it's done, and what it would cost. (Autopsies aren't always covered by insurance and can cost up to $1,500.) For parents who decide not to have a complete autopsy done, there are less invasive tests that may provide some useful information. These include X-rays, MRI, ultrasound, and tissue sampling. yellow color wear for mother of the bride
Tests are also done on the mother, along with a thorough evaluation of her medical, obstetric, and family history for clues to the cause of the stillbirth.See More