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Late Pregnancy Loss




  • Defines 'late pregnancy loss'
  • Guides midwives on how to break bad news to parents and how to handle their possible reactions
  • Lists how support can be given while in still in the hospital
  • Explores parents choosing a caesarean option
  • Describes clinical management in an expected vaginal stillbirth and a neonatal death and how midwives can support the parents
  • Explains the importance of 'memory creation' and how this can be achieved
  • Describes the process and options for parents after the death and how midwives can support each one

This chapter explores the tragedy of late pregnancy loss and each situation which could possibly occur before, during and after the loss. Checklists, guidelines and examples are given to help give insight to midwives and guide them through each stage with the parents.


Contents include

  • Definition
  • Breaking Bad News
  • Support While In Hospital After Bad News Is Broken
  • 'I Want A Caesarean'
  • A Word About Emergencies
  • Clinical Management (Expected Vaginal Stillbirth)
  • Clinical Management (Neonatal Death)
  • Reasons For Memory Creation
  • A Most Important Picture
  • Saying Hello - Creating A Memento Package
  • Baptism/Blessing
  • Relatives And Friends
  • Forms And Documents
  • Support
  • Lactation
  • Saying Farewell
  • Follow-Up
  • References
  • Interesting Research Articles
  • Recommended Reading
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Author / Editor Biographies

Midwife - academic - still birth
Jane is a midwife and bereaved parent. Jane's first pregnancy ended in miscarriage, her fifth in the stillbirth of her baby, Emma. Since Emma's death Jane and her husband Michael have had two books published: Our Baby Died, an illustrated children's book published in 1994, and Pregnancy After Loss, a survival guide for couples experiencing a subsequent pregnancy after the death of a baby, published in 1996. Jane has a particular interest in educating her colleagues about the needs of bereaved parents. Since Emma's death she has been involved in educating both student midwives and practising mi...

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