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Bereavement Care after the Loss of a Baby in the UK

Published Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A briefing that expands on aspects of healthcare for families that experience baby loss - discussed in POSTnote 527, Infant Mortality and Stillbirth in the UK

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When a baby dies the impact on a family can be profound, with many parents reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression for years after their baby has died. In this POSTbrief, the provision of support made available to families is discussed, and an overview of health professionals' roles is described. The briefing also examines how the provision of post-mortems can offer bereaved parents important insights into why their baby has died, and also to those researchers seeking to understand how best to prevent deaths before birth, and in the earliest days of life.

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