Sensitive, thoughtful care cannot take away the pain of parents’ loss, but it may provide some comfort in the months and years to come.


Establishing a care pathways/s should prevent care being uncoordinated which can have adverse effects at a time when parents and in particular women are very vulnerable. Research confirms that good care can affect parents' long-term wellbeing and may prevent the need for costly intervention later (SANDS 2010). In addition, evidence shows that listening to parents about the care they receive around the time of their baby's death is extremely important (RCOG, 2006).

To adapt a regional approach to care, the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) developed a Care-Plan (2006) to facilitate and promote quality care for all women who experience a miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death. This care-plan summarises the principles of best practice, based on clinical and professional guidance.

Medical and Midwifery Colleagues from the DHSSPS and Trusts believe that the time is right to review the current care-plan and to agree locally the development of a Regional Bereavement Care Pathway/s for Women who experience a miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death. In Partnership with the DHSSPS, NIPEC are taking forward a project to review current practices and provide guidance to health professionals caring for those women and their families who have experienced a pregnancy loss at any gestatinal age.

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22nd December 2015
Regional Bereavement Guidance
Regional Bereavement Guidance on evidence-based, holistic care of parents and their families after the experience of miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death