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Parents’ Experiences About Support Following Stillbirth and Neonatal Death

Stillbirth and neonatal death are one of the most stressful life events, with negative outcomes for parents. Society does not recognize this type of loss, and parental grieving is particularly complicated and intense. The aim of this study was to describe and understand the … Continue reading

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Healthcare Satisfaction and Unmet Needs Among Bereaved Parents in the NICU

Learning directly from bereaved parents about their experiences in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) can improve services at end-of-life (EOL) care. Parents who perceive that their infant suffered may report less satisfaction with care and may be at greater risk for distress after the death. Despite calls to improve … Continue reading

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Men’s grief following pregnancy loss and neonatal loss: a systematic review and emerging theoretical model

Emotional distress following pregnancy loss and neonatal loss is common, with enduring grief occurring for many parents. However, little is known about men’s grief, since the majority of existing literature and subsequent bereavement care guidelines have focused on women. To … Continue reading

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Bliss and Sands are calling for consistent, well-funded bereavement care across the whole of the UK

NHS bereavement care for parents whose baby dies shortly after they are born is worryingly inconsistent and under-resourced, according to a report published today by Bliss and Sands. The joint Audit of Bereavement Care Provision in UK Neonatal Units (2018) reveals that … Continue reading

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Nurses Providing End-of-Life Care for Infants and Their Families in the NICU: A Review of the Literature

Nurses working in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) who care for dying infants and their families say they do not necessarily have the expertise or the specific training to provide quality end-of-life-care (EOLC). The purpose of this review was … Continue reading

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NICU Bereavement Care and Follow-up Support for Families and Staff

Experiencing the death of an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) affects both families and staff, creating challenges and opportunities for best practices. This practice-based article describes a comprehensive approach to delivering bereavement services to NICU families, as well … Continue reading

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Transitional Objects to Faciliate Grieving Following Perinatal Loss

Parents who experience a perinatal loss often leave the hospital with empty arms and no tangible mementos to validate the parenting experience. Opportunities to create parenting experiences with transitional objects exist following the infant’s death. This article offers suggestions for … Continue reading

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Learning from deaths: Parents’ Active Role and ENgagement in The review of their Stillbirth/perinatal death (the PARENTS 1 study)

Following a perinatal death, a formal standardised multi-disciplinary review should take place, to learn from the death of a baby and facilitate improvements in future care. It has been recommended that bereaved parents should be offered the opportunity to give … Continue reading

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Bereavement care in the UK: variability in resources and approaches

Research by Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, has found that bereavement care in maternity units in the UK continues to be under resourced, with considerable variation in approaches to care. This article reviews the key recommendations and findings … Continue reading

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