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What you should know

We offer a variety of information that might be of importance to you. Sometimes things not seeming to be important in the very first moment may influence the process of mourning positively later on.

The official language uses medical terms as for example “expulsion“ or “discharge“ for your stillborn child which might embarrass you or even cause vehement emotions and a sense of guilt. Thus, the term “miscarriage“  is often interpreted by the woman concerned as a dysfunction of herself and her body.


In the following you find an explanation of the terms used which cleary define your and the child’s rights.

Viable birth

A child is defined as viviparous when it shows the following vital signs after birth: onsetting breath, heart beats, pulsation of the umbilical cord or movements of voluntary muscles. (legal text)

Stillbirth

A child is defined as stillborn if none oft he above mentioned vital signs are recognizable and its weight at birth amounts to at least 500g. (legal text)

Miscarriage

A child is defined as having been miscarried if none of the above mentioned vital signs are recognizable and its weight at birth is less than 500g. (legal text)