ISPID - International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death
ISPID - International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death

International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death

Stillbirth Research Data Base - Study details

Study of Trends and Associated Risks for Stillbirth (STARS)

Study Aim To investigate new and potentially modifiable risk factors for stillbirth
Study Design/Methods Internet Survey. Historical Cohort (stillbirth greater than 3 weeks ago) with a nested case-control are where cases were women who experienced a recent stillbirth. The stillbirth should have occurred after 28 weeks gestation and the survey should have be completed not more than 3 weeks after the baby’s demise. Controls would have had a recent livebirth (less than 3 weeks ago) or still be pregnant
Countries of Recruitment International
Target number of participants
Short synopsis A total of 1,714 women who had experienced a stillbirth >3 weeks prior to enrolment completed the survey. Common experiences identified were: perception of changes in fetal movement (63% of respondents), reports of a “gut instinct” that something was wrong (68%), and perceived time of death occurring overnight (56%). A quarter of participants believed that their baby’s death was due to a cord issue and another 18% indicated that they did not know the reason why their baby died. In many cases (55%) the mother believed the cause of death was different to that told by clinicians. Case control data are currently being analysed (Expected publication 2016)
Funding sources N/A
Ethics Board Approval University of Michigan IRB HUM 63655
Study contact name Mrs Shauna Libsack
Contact email shauna@starlegacyfoundation.org
Sponsoring organizations The Star Legacy Foundation http://starlegacyfoundation.org
Collaborators STARS consortium listed in alphabetical order: Collins JH, Heazell AEP, Huberty JL, Kliman HJ, McGregor JA, Mitchell EA, O’Brien LM, Parast M, Peesay M, Stacey T, Warland J, Wimmer LJ.
Status 0
(expected) Year of completion 2016
Citation details of journal articles Warland J, O’Brien LM, Heazell AEP, Mitchell EA, and the STARS consortium, (2015) An International Internet Survey of the Experiences of 1,714 Mothers with a Late Stillbirth: The STARS Cohort Study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 15 (172) DOI 10.1186/s12884-015-0602-4
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