My Care During Pregnancy and Beyond

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Bereavement

Q. How does my maternity unit support women who have had miscarriages?

All maternity units provide supports ranging from Early Pregnancy Units to pastoral support to bereavement counselling.

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Q. How does my maternity unit support women who have a stillborn baby?

All maternity units provide support. Women are given a single room for the family to spend time with their baby to allow for mementos to be taken (photographs, hand and footprints, book of remembrance etc.). Pastoral care, access to chaplain, information, support and in some cases provision of burial services is provided by maternity units. Bereavement counselling and contact with support groups such as 'A Little Lifetime Foundation' (formerly ISANDS) is also available.

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Q. How does my maternity unit support women whose babies are not likely to live very long?

All maternity units provide support and each case is dealt with on an individual basis. In cases where parents know before the birth they can make plans as to what they might like to happen after the birth. A single room is available for families to spend time with their babies allowing for photographs etc. to be taken. Access to special care team if appropriate, pastoral care, palliative care and chaplain services is provided. Links with relevant support groups are also available.

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