Fact Guide & Useful Links

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This section of the website contains definitions of the different types of pregnancy losses.

The links provided are for additional organisations that may provide useful general information on advocacy, health services, education, bereavement and pregnancy.


Ectopic pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is any pregnancy implanted outside of the endometrial cavity.


First trimester loss

A loss within the first 12 completed weeks of pregnancy


Second trimester loss

A second trimester miscarriage may be defined as a pregnancy loss after the 12th and before the 24th completed week of pregnancy. 



A child born weighing 500 grammes or more or having a gestational age of 24 weeks or more who shows no sign of life. (Irish Stillbirths Registration Act, 1994)


Fatal fetal anomaly / life limiting conditions

Fatal fetal anomalies /life-limiting conditions include diagnoses that are highly likely to lead to death in utero or in the
newborn period (28 days of life), although for some of these diagnoses, survival beyond 28 days has been reported.



Early Neonatal Death

Death of a live born baby occurring within 7 completed days of birth. Late neonatal death: Death of a live born baby occurring after the 7th day and within 28 completed days of birth. (NPEC, 2018)

Useful Links

All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care

Anew: Support for pregnant women and mothers experiencing homelessness

Association for Improvement of Maternity Services Ireland

Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC UK)

AWARE-depression support

BPAS (British Pregnancy AdvisoryServices)

Citizens Advice Bureau

EUROCAT – European Surveillance ofCongenital Anomalies

First Candle

HSE Employee Assistance Programme  (support for healthcare professionals) 

My Options

Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Health Service Executive

HSE Health Promotion

Irish Coroners Service

Irish Multiple Births Association

Irish Medical Council

Irish Neonatal Health Alliance

Irish Patients Association

My Child-HSE Pregnancy & Parenthood advice

My Options

Miscarriage Association UK

NISIG-National Infertility Support and Information Group

National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre Ireland

National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit UK

Nursing and Midwifery Board of

Patient Focus

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Royal College of Physicians Ireland

Royal College of Physicians Ireland Institute of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

SANDS Bereavement Network

Star Legacy Stillbirth Foundation

Northern Ireland (SANDS NI)

Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Society UK (SANDS UK)

The Samaritans

Twins And Multiple Births Association

Together for short lives

Tommy’s UK

Tusla-Child & Family Agency

Your Sexual Health (HSE)

British Association of Perinatal Medicine

British Maternal and Fetal Medicine Society

International Stillbirth Alliance

International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death

International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis