I have two sisters, but I almost had three. When I was about 8 years old, the baby my mother was carrying mysteriously died when she was about five months along. I remember how emotionally devastating this was for my mom. No matter how many children you have, the acute pain parents feel after a stillbirth is undeniable. And strangely, the cause of many stillbirths often remains a mystery.
Here's what we do know: One in 160 pregnancies will end in a stillbirth, according to the March of Dimes. That's 25,000 pregnancies a year. Stillbirth happens 10 times more frequently than SIDS. Doctors may not know the cause of every stillbirth, but there are a few common causes. And we're learning more about how to prevent stillbirth.