Sharing experiences to improve bereavement support and clinical care after stillbirth: report of the 7th annual meeting of the International Stillbirth Alliance

Heazell, Alexander E. P., Leisher, Susannah, Cregan, Mairie, Flenady, Vicki, Frøen, J. Frederik, Gravensteen, Ida K., De Groot-Noordenbos, Mariëtte, De Groot, Paul, Hale, Sue, Jennings, Belinda, McNamara, Karen, Millard, Caron and Erwich, Jan Jaap H. M. (2013) Sharing experiences to improve bereavement support and clinical care after stillbirth: report of the 7th annual meeting of the International Stillbirth Alliance. Acta Obstetricia Et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 92 3: 352-361. doi:10.1111/aogs.12042


Author Heazell, Alexander E. P.
Leisher, Susannah
Cregan, Mairie
Flenady, Vicki
Frøen, J. Frederik
Gravensteen, Ida K.
De Groot-Noordenbos, Mariëtte
De Groot, Paul
Hale, Sue
Jennings, Belinda
McNamara, Karen
Millard, Caron
Erwich, Jan Jaap H. M.
Title Sharing experiences to improve bereavement support and clinical care after stillbirth: report of the 7th annual meeting of the International Stillbirth Alliance
Journal name Acta Obstetricia Et Gynecologica Scandinavica   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0001-6349
1600-0412
Publication date 2013-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/aogs.12042
Volume 92
Issue 3
Start page 352
End page 361
Total pages 10
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Stillbirth remains a global health challenge which is greatly affected by social and economic inequality, particularly the availability and quality of maternity care. The International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) exists to raise awareness of stillbirth and to promote global collaboration in the prevention of stillbirth and provision of appropriate care for parents whose baby is stillborn. The focus of this ISA conference was to share experiences to improve bereavement support and clinical care. These issues, relevant throughout the globe, are not discrete but closely interrelated, with both similarities and differences depending on the specific country and cultural context. Counting stillbirths and understanding the causes of stillbirth are essential not only for providing optimal care and support to parents whose babies die, but also for reducing the future burden of stillbirth. This summary highlights novel work from obstetricians, midwives, psychologists, parents and peer support organizations that was presented at the ISA meeting. It covers topics including the bereavement process, peer support for parents, support and training for staff, evidence for clinical care, and the need for accurate data on stillbirths and perinatal audits. Representatives from the maternity services of the region presented their outcome data and shared their experiences of clinical and bereavement care. Data and developments in practice within stillbirth and bereavement care must be widely disseminated and acted upon by those responsible for maternity care provision, both to prevent stillbirths and to provide high-quality care when they do occur.
Keyword Grief
Improving care
Perinatal audit
Staff support
Stillbirth
Dual process model
Neonatal death
Postmortem examination
Perinatal autopsy
Fetal deaths
Audit
Professionals
Depression
Pregnancy
Parents
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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