Study finds low placental mass may predict unexplained stillbirth

Researchers examined a database of all stillbirths submitted to ACT Pathology during the five years ending 2010.

Of the 125 stillbirths where data on the placental mass was available, 29 cases of stillbirth were unexplained and in 55% of those cases the placental weight was below the 10th centile, the researchers found.

“The finding would be a bit academic in itself if it weren’t for the fact that 3D or 4D ultrasound now offers a way of actually looking at the size of the