Deaths of a baby in the womb (after the 28th week of pregnancy) may be due to severe preeclampsia or eclampsia, bleeding (see bleeding during pregnancy), prolonged pregnancy, severe abnormality of the fetus or diabetes. In some cases the cause is unknown.
If the mother no longer feels any movement of her fetus, the doctor will suspect that the fetus has died. The doctor will examine the mother. If he no longer hears heartbeat (of the fetus), he will perform special examinations. The absence of heartbeat after these tests confirms the death of the baby in the uterus. In that case, delivery should be performed as soon as possible. If the contractions do not spontaneously occur, the doctor will cause them (see labor induction), taking the necessary measures to prevent infection.