A stillbirth mom is 5 - 10 times more likely to have a recurrent stillbirth. Alteast 30% of stillbirths are due to Umbilical cord Accidents (UCA). Once you have had a stillbirth you will be classified as a "high risk" pregnancy and special monitoring and precautions will be taken during your next pregnancy and all pregnancies that follow.There are a few steps to follow to help insure a happy healthy delivery day by becoming your baby's "en utero" advocate. First, at your 20 week anatomy ultrasound have the placenta and umbilical cord checked for normalcy and begin to keep track of baby's patterns of movement, keep a log.Second, have a 28 week ultrasound and have the placenta and umbilical cord checked again. Pay special attention to the cord's length, any knots, twists, kinks or wraps around the baby's body or neck. If all is fine with this ultrasound, talk to your doctor about the possibility of daily home fetal heart rate monitoring which is used by Dr. Jason Collins of The Pregnancy Institute, www.preginst.com, diligent kick counting (changes in baby's normal momvements such as slowing down or speeding up may be the sign of a baby in distress) and more frequent ultrasounds. Dr. Collins has followed stillbirth moms and their subsequent pregnancies for over 20 years. Your doctor can go to his website and dowload his book, "Silent Risk" for further information.If a potential problem is seen with the umbilical cord or placenta, a careful plan decided upon by you and your doctor for closer monitoring will help to insure a healthy screaming baby on delivery day!