Why discuss such a topic.Because babies do unfortunately pass away in the womb and if we can let parents know of terms the nursing staff may use,then it can give parents just a little insight of what to expect in the worse case.
what is a fetal demise?
FETAL DEMISE – A term used to describe fetal death in utero; the loss of a fetus at any stage is a fetal demise.Intrauterine Fetal Death Demise (IUFD) is the death of a fetus that occurs for no apparent reason in a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy. It happens in about 1% of pregnancies and is usually (depending on the resource) considered a fetal death when it occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy and/or weight equal to or more than 500 grams. Generally speaking, a miscarriage is a fetal death which occurs prior to 20 weeks of gestation.
The mother’s health is usually not jeopardized with intrauterine fetal demise.
Signs and symptoms of pregnancy may subside.
No symptoms may occur in the early stages of pregnancy. The diagnosis is based on the absence of fetal heart tones, the lack of uterine growth or ultrasound studies during prenatal examinations.
In later stages of pregnancy, a woman may be aware of changes in the fetal movement (kicks) or that the movement has stopped.
Does a fetal demise at 20 have to have a burial?
No, but a fetal demise a baby loss can have a funeral at any gestational age its up to the parents.In the United Kingdom by law its 24 weeks gestational age that a baby has have a burial or cremation.
fetal demise babyloss 16-18 weeks gestation do you get a stillborn death certificate?
No only after 24 weeks in the Uk at present but this could change in the future to acknowledge a very early baby loss.
Parental feelings of loss, guilt, loneliness, anxiety and hostility should be acknowledged and faced. Family and friends can help with sympathetic listening and close physical comforting. If severe grief lasts longer than several months, professional counseling is recommended. Both the parents are urged to join a grief support group (available in most communities). evaluation of fetal death.