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Losing a baby after 20 weeks of pregnancy is called stillbirth. After all the hopes and changes of pregnancy, stillbirth is a tragedy for parents and their whānau (families).

When a stillbirth happens, doctors will recommend several blood tests and offer a post mortem to try to find a reason for the loss. A consultation will be arranged with an obstetrician about two months after the birth to discuss any diagnosis and to make any recommendations for a future pregnancy. Doctors will offer close monitoring in a future pregnancy.

The links below have a lot of information about stillbirths and offer support from other people who have lost a baby.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed January 2022.

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