In law, neonatal deaths are when babies are born alive (at any stage of pregnancy) but die within the first 28 days of life.
A stillbirth is when a baby shows no signs of life at birth, after the 24th week of pregnancy.
A baby born dead before the 24th week is classed as a miscarriage, even though in many cases the mother will have been through labour and given birth. Everyday in the UK 17 families face the terrible pain, confusion and desolation that the death of a baby can bring. When miscarriages are added, that number rises dramatically. Despite this, bereaved parents are often unaware that it can happen. This can lead to feelings of loneliness, victimhood, anger and despair: “why did this happen to us...
A new baby is a bundle of joy and a bundle of work! Although newborn babies may be cause for celebration, adjusting to the demands of a newborn can be emotionally and physically exhausting, especially during the first few weeks. Life will never be the same again. You will never feel the same again either. It will take time for you, and your partner if you have one, to adjust to the changes.
As well as having no time to yourself, relationships come under strain, and it’s easy to feel that you’re reaching breaking point. And as sleepless nights become the norm, you’ll probably feel snappy and grouchy - so expect your relationship to withstand a lot of turmoil in the early weeks and months.
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