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Stillbirth: Overview

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Stillbirth refers to the death of a fetus at or after the 20th week of pregnancy.

There are many causes of stillbirth, ranging from birth defects to problems with the pregnancy. Often, health care providers cannot determine a specific cause for a particular stillbirth.

The NICHD supports research on many of the causes of stillbirth, its occurrence in populations, risk factors, and ways to prevent it from happening.

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Common Name

  • Stillbirth

Medical or Scientific Names

  • Stillbirth
  • Fetal death
  • Fetal demise
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