When a baby dies

While miscarriage is relatively common in early pregnancy, the death of a baby later in pregnancy is fortunately much less so.

Sadly, babies can die right up to the date of delivery. Some babies will die during the birthing process and others may be born unwell and die very soon after the birth. Either way, the death of a baby is deeply distressing for parents, families and their carers. While there are many explanations as to why babies die, each individual circumstance is unique. Here we provide you with practical information that you may need to know after a baby dies. You may also need a great deal of emotional support at this time and we provide you with information about how others have managed their grief and organisations you can contact for more support. 


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