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A review of support available for loss in early and late pregnancy

26 February 2014 - NHS Improving Quality

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It has been well documented that the loss of a pregnancy at any stage is an emotional and stressful time and affects every family member in some way. Some still feel that miscarriage and stillbirth, along with neonatal death, are taboo subjects as pregnancy and childbirth are seen as happy life events. This is compounded by a western culture which still struggles to talk about death openly. There are particular
challenges for women who miscarry early in pregnancy as they may not have shared their news with family, friends and work colleagues but may have known of the pregnancy very early due to the sophistication of home pregnancy testing.

This report:

  • Scopes what support currently exists for women and families across England who experience loss at less than 24 weeks gestation
  • Scopes what support exists for women and families across England who experience loss at greater than 24 weeks gestation
  • Scopes what support exists for stillbirth, pre and post-delivery, identifies the key charities involved in this and determines what they offer
  • Identifies areas of good practice, soft intelligence and stories from women with experience of loss.

 

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