Monday, 10 December 2018

Baby loss charities urge NHS to improve 'inconsistent' bereavement care

Baby loss charities urge NHS to improve 'inconsistent' bereavement care Baby loss charities are urging the NHS to improve “inconsistent and under-resourced” bereavement care for parents whose babies die shortly after they are born.

A report by stillbirth and neonatal death charities Sands and Bliss, for babies born premature and sick, said most services lack sufficient specialist staffing input and appropriate facilities to support grieving families.

They said improvements to bereavement care are urgently needed as every week in the UK around 40 babies die during the neonatal period – from birth to 28 days old.

The care that bereaved families receive before, during and afterwards can have a critical impact upon their wellbeing in the months and years ahead, they added. ITV News

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