Information and support on stillbirth

A stillbirth is the death of a baby after 24 weeks of pregnancy but before birth.

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    After a stillbirth

    After giving birth to a baby who has died you will have decisions to make, but take things at your own pace and discuss what you would like.

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    Stillbirth symptoms and risks

    Many women who suffer a stillbirth don't notice any changes and there is nothing that can be done to save their baby. However, there are some things that you should look for during your pregnancy.

Stillbirth is one of the most devastating experiences any family can go through. It refers to the death of a baby after 24 weeks of pregnancy but before birth. The loss of a baby before 24 weeks of pregnancy is classed as a miscarriage.

Find our more about stillbirth statistics here.

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Last reviewed on August 1st, 2016. Next review date August 1st, 2019.

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  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 6 Mar 2017 - 15:59

    Last year my mum had to go through horrible events of a still born and that still born was called James.
    I'm only 10 and I'm the youngest and wanted to have a younger sibling.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 6 Mar 2017 - 16:18

    Hi Freya. I am very sorry to hear a bout the loss of your baby brother last year. That is very sad and must have been very difficult for you and your family. I hope that you are able to talk to your mum and dad about this and how it has made you feel.
    Look after yourself and your family.

  • By Midwife @Tommys on 24 Oct 2016 - 09:07

    We are so sorry to hear this happened to you. We send our love and condolences.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 23 Oct 2016 - 19:45

    Sept 9'2016 I was pregnant in 31 weeks and 2 days and suddenly feel that the Baby movements was decreasing and my husband drove me rush to the Hospital and when resche there it was found it that Baby was no more heartbeat.
    I and my husband were schoked and Completely frustrated for what happened in our life. We Kept hugging and crying each other.really doesn't knew what to do. Terrible!!! Was dreadful for us.
    Sept 7,2016The Baby born that umbilical cord wrapped tightly in his neck twice and bad to know that doctors never saw it from ultrasound.And even the last 3 times ultrasound in the hHospital.

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