I agree, it doesn't sound good. What's her gestation? We just had a stillborn in our community (the mom's second in a row, after 5 healthy children.) The midwife thinks it's congenital nephrotic syndrome, what the mennonites term "kidney babies". According to what I found on the web, ascites, or swelling of the abdomen is the typical sign of hydrops, a common side effect of kidney disease in babies. If the abdomen is already swollen, there's probably little hope of survival. I'm surprised no one talked to this young women at length about this dismal news. And, if there's no fluid, probably poor lung function.