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Stillbirth

Bereavement and Loss > Stillbirth

When a fetus dies in the womb after 20 weeks it is called a stillbirth. Up until this time any loss of pregnancy would be a miscarriage.

Research has indicated that poor growth and placental abruption are two of the main causes of stillbirth while genetic abnormalities, infections or trauma can also contribute to this. As with any loss of a child this is a devastating time for any mother and although there can be any number of causes which affect this, there are also times when medical investigations can find no answers.

Unlike miscarriage there is often added distress when the woman has to deliver her baby either through normal labour, which is usually induced, or through a medical procedure where the woman is anesthetized and a dilation and evacuation (D & E) is performed.

If you have recently suffered from a stillbirth it is important that you discuss the implications with your caregiver and talk over your feelings with friends and family or support groups in your area.



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· Recurrent Miscarriage
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· Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
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2 comments on this topic


leanne26 (962.6 days ago)
I had a still birth lost my daughter at 36weeks and 4days she died from placental abruption. I lost her in july 2014.





Rosie (1483.1 days ago)
How awful for anyone to have to go through this. Has it happened to you and how did you manage to cope?







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