Miscarriage and stillbirth


Miscarriages are common, occurring in 15 to 20 per cent of pregnancies. They happen most often during the first eight weeks. The cause of miscarriage is usually unknown.

It’s important for you to take any vaginal bleeding seriously and contact your health-care provider. About 20 per cent of mothers have some bleeding before the 20th week, and about half of these pregnancies will continue without further problems.

The Canadian Federation for Sexual Health has helpful resources for women on the symptoms and treatment for miscarriage.


Babies are sometimes born with a serious illness or with problems the health-care team did not expect. It is very rare for babies to die, but it does happen in rare cases.

The Pregnancy and Infant Loss Network has helpful resources for women on infant loss and bereavement.

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