Neonatal death information and support
What is a neonatal death?
A neonatal death is when a baby dies within 28 days after they are born.
If a baby dies after 24 weeks of pregnancy, but before they’re born, it is known as a stillbirth. We also have lots of information and support about stillbirth.
Why do babies die?
After the loss of a baby, it is natural to want answers about why it happened. Sometimes the answer is clear, and other times a post-mortem examination may show what happened and why. But sometimes, despite having every available test or examination, it is sadly still not possible to find out why. This can be very hard for parents.
Common causes of neonatal death
Common causes of neonatal death can include:
- premature birth (babies that are born too soon or too small are more at risk of infection or other serious health problems)
- complications during or after the birth
- congenital anomaly, such as heart or lung problems.
Support after your baby dies
The loss of a baby is devastating. We’re here to offer emotional and practical support to parents and families who are going through this experience.
Our team of expert midwives are here for you. You can call them for free on 0800 0147 800, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
If you’re not ready to talk, we have some information that may help.