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Government Announce Bereavement Care Plans for Pregnancy Loss & Perinatal Death

Minister Simon Harris has announced the launch of the HSE National Standards for Bereavement Care following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death.

The standards aim to ensure that clinical and counselling services will be in place to support women and their families in all pregnancy loss situations, from early pregnancy loss to perinatal death, as well as situations where there is a diagnosis of foetal anomaly that may be life limiting or fatal.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Harris said

 

To learn that your unborn child or newborn baby is unwell and is not going to grow to achieve all that you wish for, or is not going to survive, must be one of the most harrowing situations imaginable for any parent. The family’s aspirations and dreams for the child are taken away and replaced with grief and distress, at the very time when the family should be facing a future with joy, hope and happiness. Some families have to face the knowledge their child will not survive and may make the difficult decision to terminate the pregnancy.

 

Most importantly, all of these families need to know that, regardless of the nature of the loss, appropriate support will be available, if and when required. Regrettably Ireland has been behind the curve in bereavement care, and much of the need for bereavement support has been unmet. Today marks a new beginning in that regard.

 

The standards being launched today are designed to enhance bereavement care services for parents who experience a pregnancy loss or perinatal death.

 

Bereavement care must be an integral part of any maternity service. It is important that such care is integrated with the hospital’s overall medical and clinical care response to bereaved parents. The standards underline the important role that healthcare professionals play in providing a caring and compassionate response to parents, including that of the bereavement specialist teams.

  

Minister Harris also went on to announce that an additional €3 Million funding has been provided by the Government for maternity services this year. This will enable the HSE to approve the recruitment of an additional 100 midwives, to support the work of current staff. The additional funding will also facilitate the recruitment of the much needed bereavement specialist teams for maternity hospitals and units. You can see the full set of bereavement care standards here.

If you have been bereaved through pregnancy loss or perinatal death, please feel free to get in touch with our maternal mental health expert, Nurture. Check out their website or call them on 00353 1 8430930


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