Table 2

The time before, during and after the delivery of a stillborn baby

Before the deliveryN (missing)n (%)
Did you suspect that something was wrong with the baby?
 Yes98 (3)67 (68.4)
 No31 (31.6)
Did you contact the healthcare services about your suspicion?
 Yes66 (1)58 (87.9)
 No/waited for the next check-up8 (12.1)
Were further investigations conducted?
 Examined and admitted to the hospital57 (1)36 (63.2)
 Examined and sent home12 (21.1)
 No9 (15.8)
Did you know about the baby's death before the delivery started? (h)
 <24101 (0)61 (60.4)
 24–4819 (18.8)
 >484 (4.0)
 No17 (16.8)
Who informed you of the baby's death?
 Obstetrician84 (0)52 (61.9)
 Midwife26 (31.0)
 General practitioner6 (7.1)
Are you satisfied with the way the information was passed?
 Very or quite satisfied82 (2)65 (79.3)
 Not satisfied17 (20.7)
The delivery
 Where did you deliver your baby?
  Labour ward101 (0)91 (90.1)
  Other department6 (5.9)
  Not sure4 (3.9)
 How did the delivery start?
  Spontaneously100 (1)24 (24.0)
  Induced by medication70 (70.0)
  Caesarean section6 (6.0)
Did you receive any medication?
 Pain relief, sedatives or acupuncture*101 (0)77 (76.2)
 General anaesthesia6 (5.9)
 No11 (10.9)
 Do not remember7 (6.9)
Did you have the baby's father, a close relative or a friend with you?
 Yes, the whole time101 (0)84 (83.2)
 Yes, at times8 (7.9)
 No9 (8.9)
After the delivery
 Where did you stay after the delivery?
  Postnatal department99 (2)39 (39.4)
  Labour ward25 (25.3)
  Observation unit21 (21.2)
  Other department10 (9.9)
  Not sure4 (4.0)
Were you asked for permission to perform an autopsy?
 Yes101 (1)83 (82.2)
 No7 (6.9)
 Do not remember11 (10.9)
Was an autopsy performed?
 Yes101 (0)82 (81.2)
 No18 (17.8)
 Do not remember1 (1.0)
Did you receive an explanation for your baby's death?
 Yes, a certain or likely explanation101 (0)49 (48.5)
 No or a very uncertain explanation52 (51.5)
  • *Pain relief: epidural analgesia, spinal analgesia, pudendal block, paracervical block, pethidine/morphine, nitrous oxide, paracetamol.