Stillbirth

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Concept

Name
Stillbirth
Description

A dead foetus that: weighs 400g or more when issued from its mother; or is issued from its mother after the 20th week of gestation.

The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1995, which took effect from 1 September 1995, redefined what constituted a stillbirth. Before the new Act a stillbirth was defined as a child born dead after 28 weeks of gestation. This change in definition means that stillbirths from September 1995 onwards are not directly comparable with earlier years.