2018 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Chapter 8
Section 26:8-40.29 - Fetal death evaluation protocol.

Section: 26:8-40.29: Fetal death evaluation protocol.

3. The Department of Health shall establish a fetal death evaluation protocol, which a hospital licensed pursuant to P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-1 et seq.) shall follow in collecting data relevant to each stillbirth. The information required to be collected shall include, but not be limited to:

a. the race, age of the mother, maternal and paternal family history, comorbidities, prenatal care history, antepartum findings, history of past obstetric complications, exposure to viral infections, smoking, drug and alcohol use, fetal growth restriction, placental abruption, chromosomal and genetic abnormalities obtained pre-delivery, infection in premature fetus, cord accident, including evidence of obstruction or circulatory compromise, history of thromboembolism, and whether the mother gave birth before; and

b. documentation of the evaluation of a stillborn child, placenta, and cytologic specimen that conform to the standards established by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and meet any other requirements deemed by the Commissioner of Health as necessary, including, but not limited to, the following components:

(1) if the parents consent to a complete autopsy: the weight of the stillborn child and placenta, head circumference, length of stillborn child, foot length if stillbirth occurred before 23 weeks of gestation, and notation of any dysmorphic feature; photograph of the whole body, frontal and profile of face, extremities and palms, close-up of any specific abnormalities; examination of the placenta and umbilical cord; and gross and microscopic examination of membranes and umbilical cord; or

(2) if the parents do not consent to a complete autopsy, an evaluation of a stillborn child as set forth in paragraph (1) of this subsection, and appropriate alternatives to a complete autopsy, including a placental examination, external examination, selected biopsies, X-rays, MRI, and ultrasound.

L.2013, c.217, s.3.

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