Unexpected Pregnancy Outcomes

This area has to do with unexpected pregnancy outcomes such as:
  • Traumatic birth
  • Preterm birth
  • Diagnosis of genetic abnormality
  • Perinatal loss
  • Loss in multifetal pregnancy
  • Pregnancy after a loss
  • Father’s feelings regarding unexpected pregnancy outcomes

Website Resources
March of Dimes – Working together for stronger, healthier babies
Provides fact sheets the following topics:

  • Birth Defects – an abnormality of structure, function or metabolism (body chemistry) present at birth that results in physical or mental disabilities or death.
  • Ectopic Pregnancy – a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube, and begins to grow.
  • Miscarriage – pregnancy loss that occurs before 20 weeks, before the fetus is able to survive outside the womb.  May also be called a spontaneous abortion.
  • Molar Pregnancy – the early placenta develops into a mass of cysts (called a hydatidiform mole) or the embryo does not form at all or is malformed and cannot survive.
  • Multiple Births – when a woman is carrying 2 or more babies (fetuses).
  • Pre-term Birth– babies born before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy are called premature.
  • Still Birth – fetal death (baby has died in the womb) after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Planned Parenthood
Provides information on the following topics:
  • Abortion – choosing to end a pregnancy that is unintended, also called induced abortion. The embryo or fetus is expelled from the body.
  • Adoption – the legal placement of a child with people who will raise the child as their own.
  • Emergency Contraception (EC) – can prevent pregnancy after unprotected vaginal intercourse. Also called “morning after” contraception. Must be started up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected intercourse. EC contains hormones found in birth control pills and prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation or fertilization.