On September 2, 2006 our family suffered the tragedy of losing our beloved baby, Allan Frederick Lerner, to stillbirth. Allan was a perfectly healthy baby throughout pregnancy and no cause for his death at 40 weeks 5 days was ever found.
In fact, the majority of stillbirth deaths are at or near full-term and no cause or risk factors are ever found. Stillbirth, the death of an infant in-utero and past 20 completed gestational weeks, claims more than 26,000 babies in the United States each year. It is the leading cause of infant death in the U.S. Stillbirth cuts across socio-economic classes, races, religions, body types and maternal age groups.
No woman is immune. Research on causes and prevention is desperately needed.