Skip to main content


Many pregnancies and births bring joy and excitement, while some result in heartache and grief, as is often the case when the baby dies prior to labor and delivery, also known as an intrauterine fetal demise (IUFD) or a stillbirth. Midwives are closely involved in care for these women during labor and delivery, but evidence-based care guidelines specific to midwifery care during the postpartum period following a term stillbirth are limited in the literature published in the United States. Due to the limited research aimed specifically at this gap in care, a midwifery guideline was developed based on 1) a needs assessment, 2) a literature synthesis, 3) review of current guidelines from professional medical associations, and 4) input from an obstetrician-liaison and the midwives working in a U.S.-based private practice setting. By following an established term stillbirth postpartum clinical guideline, midwives can offer evidenced-based care for patients utilizing their clinical knowledge with skill, empathy, and compassion.


File nameDate UploadedVisibilityFile size
11 Jul 2023
554 kB



  • Contributors
    • Gilmer, MaryJo
      • Holley, Sharon
      • Language
        • English

      • Date submitted

        11 July 2023

      • Keywords
      • Additional information
        • Declaration of interests The authors declare that they have no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that could have appeared to influence the work reported in this paper.