Appendix C: Each Baby Counts definition of intrapartum stillbirth
Intrapartum stillbirth: when the baby was thought to be alive* at the start of labour but was born with no signs of life†.
This includes when:
- labour was diagnosed by a healthcare professional. This includes the latent phase of labour, i.e. less than 4cm dilatation;
- the mother called the unit to report any concerns of being in labour, for example (but not limited to) abdominal pains, contractions or suspected ruptured membranes;
- the baby was thought to be alive at induction of labour;
- the baby was thought to be alive following suspected or confirmed premature rupture of membranes (PROM).
* As assessed by any means, including but not limited to: pinard stethoscope, handheld Doppler, CTG, bedside ultrasound, assessment of fetal movements, or assumed to be alive without confirmation.
† Excludes babies that clearly died before labour (macerated stillbirth) if confirmed by post mortem.