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Doctors: Gum disease to blame for baby's death

from WDIV-TV

Staci Woo designs and markets her own fashion line. She is also busy taking care of her son, Duke, and preparing for another baby on the way. But it's what happened to her first child, Stella, that changed the fabric of her family forever. "I woke up feeling the baby kick and then mid-morning, I said to my husband, 'I don't feel the baby moving that much,'" Woo said. Just days before her due date, Woo's baby girl was stillborn. An autopsy revealed a bacteria found in Woo's mouth was the same strain discovered in her baby's stomach and lungs. "The big mystery to me was how did it get into the placenta and how did it affect the baby?" Woo said. Doctors believe the bacteria spread through Woo's bloodstream to the placenta, ultimately infecting the baby. It's the first documented case of gum disease linked to the death of a full-term baby, but experts said many miscarriages and preterm births are believed to be caused by gum disease in the mother. more

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