Stillbirth, which is one of the worst and most feared complications of pregnancy, is usually an unexpected and unpredictable event. However, certain pregnant women, such as women over 35 are at increased risk of stillbirth, but it is unknown what can be done in this group of at-risk women to reduce their risk. In this 2013 publication in the European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, we demonstrated that our protocol of weekly Biophysical Profile (BPP) testing, which is a simple ultrasound performed at Carnegie Imaging, along with delivery by 41 weeks, reduces the risk of stillbirth in women over 35 to that of a low-risk women. This is an example of how large screening protocols in high-risk groups can reduce the overall risk of complications.
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