Stillbirth charity Sands recently conducted a survey looking into the care of bereaved parents involving 80 labour units around the U.K.
52% of the units which responded did not have a midwife who specialised in bereavement care and 45% of wards did not have a dedicated room in which other mothers and their newborns could not be heard by mothers who had just lost their children.
Though there are no national standards in place for the care of bereaved parents the general consensus is that there should be dedicated services and facilities to accommodate parents who have just lost a child.
The midwives’ body have agreed that more needs to be done to improve the care given to bereaved parents and Public health Minister Anne Milton is of the same opinion. “While Sands has found that care provided to bereaved parents has improved over the last 20 years, there is still more to do.”
“We want to see high quality maternity services everywhere with the right facilities, networks and trained staff to support parents and families when a baby dies,” she said.
“This is why it is so important that services are developed and commissioned to meet the needs of parents who experience stillbirth or neonatal loss.
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