Pregnant women who experienced late stillbirth appear less likely to have slept on their left
- School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of South Australia, Division of Health Sciences, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
- Correspondence to Jane Warland
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, North Tce, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia;
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 …