Stillbirth: Research Goals

The NICHD’s research goals related to stillbirth include:

  • Understanding the causes of stillbirths
  • Detailing the demographic and population factors related to stillbirth
  • Improving prediction of stillbirth risk
  • Improving stillbirth post-mortem examination and reporting
  • Outlining evidence-based measures to prevent or reduce stillbirth
  • Linking in utero developmental phenotypes to gene expression, epigenetic changes, maternal physiology, and environmental exposures
  • Improving our understanding of the morphology, function, genetics, and metabolism of the placenta and uterine blood flow
  • Improving methods for antenatal diagnosis of placental disease or fetal health conditions that increase risk of stillbirth
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