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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.

Definitions

Ectopic pregnancy

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

Clinical practice guideline on the diagnosis and management of ectopic pregnancy

First trimester loss

A loss within the first 12 completed weeks of pregnancy

Clinical practice guideline on management of early pregnancy miscarriage

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. 

Clinical practice guideline on the management of second trimester miscarriage

Stillbirth

“A baby delivered without signs of life after 23 weeks & 6 days of pregnancy.”

Clinical practice guideline on investigation and management of stillbirth and intrauterine fetal death

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.

Interim clinical guidance Termination Of Pregnancy following diagnosis of Fatal Fetal Anomaly/Life-Limiting Condition

Perinatal palliative care pathway

Useful Links

All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care

Association for Improvement of Maternity Services Ireland

Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC UK)

AWARE-depression support

BPAS (British Pregnancy AdvisoryServices)

Citizens Advice Bureau

Compassionate Friends Ireland

EUROCAT – European Surveillance ofCongenital Anomalies

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
Ireland

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

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