The loss of a baby during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy is known as a miscarriage. The loss of a baby at any stage of pregnancy can be devastating for parents, and it is important to know that there are organisations who can provide support for you both at this difficult time.
To reduce the risk of miscarriage it’s important to try your best to eat well and avoid smoking, infections, alcohol and drugs.
A stillbirth is when a baby passes away after 24 weeks of pregnancy. After a stillbirth a specialist midwife will be there to support you and your partner and they will discuss with you what you would like to happen. Some people find that holding their baby and taking photographs may help – this is a very personal choice and there is no right or wrong decision. Your midwife will discuss the tests which may be offered to try to find out why your baby died and they will also give you information about registering the birth. Link here for further information.
There are support groups to help during this difficult time. SANDS
is a stillbirth and neonatal death charity who provide support and advice to anyone affected by the death of a baby.