Stillbirth is the phenomena when a baby is born deceased from his mother’s womb. Stillbirth some of the times might have a reason to occur. However, there is yet to be a known cause for stillbirth.
With movements towards finding an explanation, a team of researchers from the University of Huddersfield, led by Dr. Tomasina Stacey who wrote her PhD on sleeping position was a factor in stillbirth have found an explanation that might be true.
According to the study, pregnant women who sleep on their back more often tend to have higher risk of stillbirth. Furthermore the study showed that the risk can be lowered by having the pregnant women to sleep on their sides. However, sleeping on the back was not recommended at all.
This is the first study to ever connect sleeping positions with stillbirth or any other abnormal effects to pregnant women. This study was conducted through the use of 851 bereaved mothers and 2,257 currently pregnant women. She was able to gather data from different countries including New Zealand, the UK, Australia and the USA.
“We decided to look at a range of modifiable risk factors and this was one of them. The next phase is to ensure that there is consistent advice from healthcare professionals and we will be looking to see if there are ways of helping to support women to sleep in the side position. Only a small proportion of women will be affected.”