Care after a stillbirth depends on when it occurs.
If a stillbirth occurs in the womb, then the fetus and the placenta need to be removed or delivered. If it occurs during labor or delivery, then the placenta will still need to be removed or delivered.
Health care providers will then try to determine a cause for the stillbirth by examining the fetus, the placenta, and other tissues from the pregnancy and possibly by performing an autopsy.
At the same time, providers will offer support to help the family cope with their loss.
When or if the family wants to try for another pregnancy, providers can work with them to discuss any risk factors and possible ways to prevent another stillbirth.
Learn more about each aspect of managing a stillbirth.