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Stillbirth

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Introduction
A stillbirth is a baby born dead after 24 completed weeks of pregnancy.
Causes of stillbirth
A large proportion of stillbirths seem to occur in otherwise healthy babies and the cause often remains unexplained.
How a stillbirth is confirmed
Your baby's heartbeat will be monitored during your antenatal appointments, so any problems will usually be picked up before labour starts.
What happens after a stillbirth
After a stillbirth, many parents want to see and hold their baby. This is entirely up to you.
Preventing stillbirth
As a large number of stillbirths remain unexplained, they cannot always be prevented.
Support after a stillbirth
A stillbirth can be emotionally traumatic for both the mother and father, but help and support is available.