National Bereavement Care Pathway to Improve Care for Bereaved Parents
Care improvements welcome — but more is needed to prevent stillbirths
The quality of care bereaved parents receive can make all the difference in their recovery following the loss of a baby. While good care can never take away the pain and grief of stillbirth or neonatal death, it can help to improve the long-term outlook, giving parents the help and support they need to begin to rebuild their lives.
News of the NBCP’s launch comes just weeks after a damning report emerged highlighting the UK’s shocking record of stillbirths and neonatal deaths, in which over two dozen NHS trusts were found to have higher than expected rates of perinatal mortality. Every day in the UK, 15 babies die before, during or shortly after birth, leaving thousands of parents facing the trauma of losing their child.
While the UK’s stillbirth and neonatal death rate is falling, it’s still higher than many other countries in Europe. There are also huge regional discrepancies in the number of stillbirths, suggesting that individual hospital trusts must do more to try and prevent infant mortalities.