Understanding different types of loss.

Your situation is individual. You may have started to miscarry, you may have found out your baby has passed away through a routine scan, or a genetic abnormality may have been diagnosed. You should seek immediate professional advice and support, especially if you need to make a decision about how your baby is born.

Unfortunately, there is a cultural perception to move on quickly after having lost a baby early in pregnancy. This is unfair pressure that no parent needs or welcomes.

Understanding Miscarriage

In Australia, a miscarriage is defined as the loss of a baby before 20 weeks gestation. 1 in 4 women will miscarry at some point in their lives, yet miscarriage is still a silent and often buried grief for many parents. It is a real and devastating loss which needs acknowledgement, and compassionate support is vital.

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Understanding Stillbirth

Over 2000 babies are stillborn each year in Australia. Stillbirth is the death of an infant in-utero and past 20 completed gestational weeks, and it can occur at varying stages. A baby may die in the uterus (intrauterine fetal death), during the second half of pregnancy or during the labour and birth (intrapartum death).  

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Neonatal death

This is where a baby is born alive, but dies within the first 28 days of life.   Seek Support

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