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Bowen Stillborns/ miscarriages

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 1:50AM GMT
Classification: Lookup
Edited: 5 Dec 2013 5:42AM GMT
Surnames: Bowen, Parks
I would like to find any info on my grand parents stillborn/ miscarriage info.

Judy R Parks/Bowen and A.D. Bowen

Judy Born sometime in 1934

A.D. Bowen Born October 14 1934- July 14th 2009

Re: Bowen Stillborns/ Misscarages

Posted: 23 Jun 2012 6:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
If you know that your Grandmother had a still-born birth, you would need to check with your state's (this was in the U.S.?) Dept. of Health - Vital Records Dept. The name of the dept. might vary depending on where this happened.

This is an example, for the state of PA:

If there were any miscarriages, that information would most likely be sealed by confidentiality laws within her medical files. Again, check with the Dept. of Health for particular laws & policies re. access to her information, where these events may have occurred.

Good luck in your research.

Re: Bowen Stillborns/ Misscarages

Posted: 9 Jul 2012 10:29PM GMT
Classification: Query
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Re: Bowen Stillborns/ Misscarages

Posted: 25 Aug 2012 2:26AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 3 Dec 2013 11:33PM GMT
In the U.S. many births were not documented if the child was born at home, or somewhere other than a hospital, especially if the birth Mother lived in a rural area. Even if the child was born at a doctors office, it may not have been recorded until many years later when the child is grown and would need a record of birth. These are called "delayed births" and generally a family member, neighbor, or anyone who was at the birth or who had knowledge of the birth would be the informant on the certificate.

As for miscarriages, if the miscarriage occurred early in the pregnancy, most likely there would not be a record. If the miscarriage occurred later in the pregnancy where the child may have survived, it would be a stillbirth, There might be a birth and death record, but it would depend on the time period.

Re: Bowen Stillborns/ Misscarages

Posted: 3 Dec 2013 11:19PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 3 Dec 2013 11:34PM GMT
I worked as a Labor/Delivery RN for > 20 years in WI. In general, ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists used to refer any pregnancy delivered under 20 weekesp. s not breathing as a miscarriage whereas > 20 weeks or greater baby would be referred to as a live birth or stillbirth. Now with ultrasound dating early in pregnancy dates likely accurate, if you are referring to a loss years back I would go four or more weeks before/after the event in a search.
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