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Stillbirth

Stillbirth is the term for the death of a baby after 24 weeks of pregnancy but before birth. The legal definition stipulates that the baby should not, 'at any time after being completely expelled from its mother, breathe or show any other sign of life.' A medical practitioner or midwife present at the birth may write and sign a stillbirth certificate. In the UK, registration of the stillbirth must be undertaken before a certificate for burial or cremation can be issued.

See also Intrauterine death

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