Helping families deal with pregnancy and infant loss to find:
Healing from past pain to create a brighter future.
Joy and laughter to experience the goodness of God.
Move from grief to gratitude to produce positive change.
What is a stillbirth?
A stillbirth is when a fetus dies after the mother’s 20th week of pregnancy. The fetus may have died in the uterus weeks or hours before labor. Rarely, the fetus may die during labor. Although prenatal care has drastically improved over the years, the reality is stillbirths still happen and often go unexplained.
A stillbirth is classified as either an early stillbirth, a late stillbirth, or a term stillbirth. Those types are determined by the number of weeks of pregnancy:
- Early stillbirth: The fetus dies between 20 and 27 weeks.
- Late stillbirth: The fetus dies between 28 and 36 weeks.
- Term stillbirth: The fetus dies the 37th week or after.
How common are stillbirths?