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Globally an estimated 2.6 million babies are stillborn each year at or before their birth. While the majority of these deaths occur in low and middle-income countries, stillbirth still affects 1:200 pregnancies in high-income countries. There are profound physical, psychological, social and economic effects of stillbirth that are often unrecognized. The majority of couples who experience stillbirth will progress to a subsequent pregnancy, often within a very short timeframe of their index loss. Perinatal death, the grief of these losses, and experiences of subsequent pregnancies all affect the couple dynamic with gender differences often apparent. Midwives need to be aware of the particular needs of women and men who are pregnant again after stillbirth. These include increased physical, psychological, and social needs in the aftermath of stillbirth and in the pregnancy that follows. Continuity of midwifery care can assist couples throughout their stillbirth and pregnancy after loss journey.