A set of guidelines for HSE staff on how to deal with parents who have lost a baby is to be launched this morning.
It’s estimated around 14,500 parents are bereaved in the maternity services every year.
Today’s updated guidelines will detail how to respond to the needs of the parents in a range of situations including fatal foetal abnormalities.
Bereavement care has always been provided by hospital staff here however the HSE says it recognises that care is unstructured and inconsistent.
Around 14,500 parents are bereaved in the maternity services every year in Ireland.
One in 5 pregnancies or 14,000 miscarriages take place every year.
Around 500 baby deaths are classified as perinatal – These included still births, and neonatal deaths of up to 28 days old.
Health Minister Simon Harris and HSE director general Tony O’Brien will jointly launch the ‘Standards for Bereavement Care Following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death’ this morning .
It will clearly define the care parents and families can expect to receive following a pregnancy loss or perinatal death. For the first time it will cover the area of fatal foetal abnormality.
The development is likely to be welcomed by women’s rights groups.