Stillbirth is the loss of a baby after 20 weeks of pregnancy. When a baby dies while still in the womb, this may also be called fetal loss. A doctor may deliver the baby by giving you medicine to start labour. Or you may have a surgical procedure called D&E (dilation and evacuation).
How long can you keep a dead baby in your womb?
In the case of fetal demise, a dead fetus that has been in the uterus for 4 weeks can cause changes in the body’s clotting system. These changes can put a woman at a much higher chance of significant bleeding if she waits for a long time after the fetal demise to deliver the pregnancy.
How is a dead baby removed from the womb?
This treatment involves a surgical procedure known as a dilatation and curettage (D&C) which is done under a general anaesthetic. The procedure will remove any pregnancy tissue from your uterus. It is successful in 95 to 100 per cent of cases but there are small surgical risks.
What happens when a baby dies in the womb?
Most women will go into labour naturally within 3 weeks of their baby dying in the womb. You need to be aware that delaying the onset of labour will affect the appearance of your baby at birth. In addition, tests that you agree to being carried out on your baby may give less information.
Does it hurt to give birth to a stillborn baby?
You’ll experience vaginal bleeding, some uterine cramping, and probably perineal pain. Your nurse will help you manage your pain while you’re still in the hospital. On the plus side, you’ll be able to eat and drink again, if you’ve been restricted. You may need to have some blood drawn or other testings yourself.
Do you have to deliver a miscarried baby?
If you have a late miscarriage, you will need to go through labour to give birth to your baby. This can be a very distressing time and you may be in shock. The staff caring for you at the hospital will understand this and will explain what your options are clearly so you can make a decision about your treatment.
Can you take your stillborn baby home?
Some parents decide to take their baby home with them. Legally you can do this, unless a coroner or procurator fiscal has ordered a post mortem. Ask your midwife for information about this. You will need to fill in a form and find out how best to keep your baby cool at home.