Evid Based Nurs 15:10-11 doi:10.1136/ebn.2011.100175
  • Midwifery
  • Case controlled study

Pregnant women who experienced late stillbirth appear less likely to have slept on their left

  1. Jane Warland
  1. School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia, Division of Health Sciences, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Jane Warland
    School of Nursing and Midwifery, Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, North Tce, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia; jane.warland{at}

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Implications for nursing practice

  • There is some evidence that settling to sleep in the left position may reduce the risk of stillbirth.

  • For women in late pregnancy getting up more than once overnight may also reduce the risk of stillbirth.

Implications for nursing research

  • There is a need for further research to ascertain the extent to which sleeping on the left side is protective for stillbirth.

  • This research should also explore the point in the pregnancy at which it is important to adopt a left-lying sleeping position.


Research into modifiable and preventive risk factors for stillbirth is emerging as an area of research interest across …

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