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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
Dr Jane Warland is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia (UniSA). She is the proud mother of five children (including Emma who was stillborn at term in 1993). She is the loving Nan to two grandchildren. She worked as a midwife from 1988-2007, gaining her PhD from the University of Adelaide in 2007 and has been an academic staff member in the School of Nursing and Midwifery since early 2008. She teaches undergraduate midwifery students a range of topics, including perinatal mental health, grief and loss, research methods, and complica...

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