Help Measure the Placenta and PUSH Pregnancy End Preventable Stillbirth

Help Measure the Placenta and PUSH Pregnancy End Preventable Stillbirth

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Measure the Placenta & PUSH for Empowered Pregnancy started this petition to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

Did you know that more children are stillborn than die from prematurity, SIDS, car accidents, drowning, guns, fire, flu, poison, and listeria COMBINED? In fact, a baby is 10 times more likely to be born still than to die from SIDS. In the U.S., 23,000 babies are stillborn every year (source CDC). That’s equivalent to 3 kindergarten classes wiped out every day and unlike in other countries, the number is not falling.

We need to take action now and we need your help. Research has proven that many of these babies could have been saved and that’s where Measure the Placenta and PUSH for Empowered Pregnancy come in. We have a solution—measure the placenta during a standard prenatal ultrasound. This will save babies' lives, and it is backed up by research from Yale University.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is the professional association of physicians that sets the standards for prenatal care. It is unacceptable for ACOG and prenatal care providers to continually ignore placenta size as a risk factor for stillbirth and to do nothing to try to stop these preventable deaths, many at or near term.

  • We want ACOG to address the stillbirth crisis.
  • We want ACOG to start an advisory group to recommend next steps to address the unacceptably high rate of preventable stillbirths in the U.S.
  • We want placenta sizes to be monitored during pregnancy as a risk factor for poor outcomes, including stillbirth.
  • We want fetal size to be charted, along with placenta size, and any deviation from either growth curve to be flagged and investigated.
  • We want ACOG to lead the way by implementing third trimester Estimated Placental Volume (EPV) measurements into routine clinical care.
  • We want ACOG to show its support for The Big PUSH in Washington, D.C. on October 15th: www.thebigpushmarch.org
  • Families affected by stillbirth would like to work with ACOG to end preventable stillbirths and save babies now.

Unlike other countries where the stillbirth rate has declined, the stillbirth rate in the U.S. has remained stagnant for decades. It’s time for change. It’s time to measure the placenta! You can help us by signing this petition to make measuring the placenta part of the standard of care for all pregnancies. 

Learn more at Measure the Placenta and PUSH for Empowered Pregnancy

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