Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.

Mental Health

Quick Links
Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My healthevet badge

Stillbirth and mental health

female veteran outside drinking coffee

Women Veterans

Stillbirth and mental health

A stillbirth is the loss of a pregnancy after 20 weeks. At this point in a pregnancy, many women have felt their babies move inside them and feel strongly bonded to their babies. If you’re grieving someone you love but haven’t met, it can be difficult to console yourself with positive memories. Sometimes the process of delivering a stillborn baby can be traumatic.

After a stillbirth, seeing other babies or pregnant women can become painful reminders of the loss. This can lead to social isolation. The sense of isolation can be intensified if people who want to be supportive seem not to understand what stillbirth is like.

Many women experience depression or posttraumatic symptoms after a stillbirth. If you’ve had a stillbirth and are feeling distressed, consider speaking with your primary care provider or mental health clinician about counseling and other treatment options.

Related Links

Newsletter Sign Up

Receive monthly emails about the latest mental health and suicide prevention resources and research from VA.

Help for Homeless Veterans: 877-4AID-VET
 VA Health Care: Apply Now
Caregiver Support: 855-260-3274
eBenefits: My Gateway to Benefit Information
Find out if you’re eligible: Health Benefits Explorer
Veterans Health Benefits Guide
Veterans Health Library
Women Veterans Call Center: 1-855-VA-WOMEN