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Perinatal Loss

The death of a baby is one of the most painful experiences anyone can imagine. This practical, compassionate text guides professionals in providing the best possible care through the physical and emotional pain of a pregnancy loss from early miscarriage to neonatal death, enabling patients and their families to grieve. Written by two professionals with extensive experience in the field, the book inspires confidence for those confronted with this challenging task. It focuses on common issues that inhibit good care and addresses the traditionally difficult topics. Healthcare staff assisting patients during this time often require support of their own and this is also addressed with constructive, inspirational approaches and ideas for professional training. Perinatal Loss: a handbook for working with women and their families offers insights, information and support for managing pregnancy loss for all professionals and students including nurses, sonographers, midwives, doctors (including obstetricians and general practitioners), chaplains and morticians. 'This is an important and warmly welcomed book which thoroughly endorses the key aims of Sands (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Society). In particular, it demonstrates a forceful commitment to improving care for bereaved families whilst acknowledging the difficult task that staff undertake when caring for them. This handbook encompasses all aspects of perinatal loss, giving due care and attention to the many different circumstances and exploring the thoughts and feelings which are experienced when a baby dies at any gestation.' From the Foreword by Julia Gray
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Table of Contents

Foreword. About the authors. Introduction. Types of losses. Bad and sad news. Initial grief reactions. Patient-centred care. Support for staff. Labour and delivery. When something goes wrong in labour. What to do with the baby. Tests, post-mortems and paperwork. Funeral arrangements including burial and cremation. Support for parents after the death and the longer lasting effects of grief. The next pregnancy. Training. Index.

About the Author

Sheila Broderick is Senior Women's Health Counsellor at University Hospital Lewisham. She has worked there for 15 years, offering a direct service to bereaved women and their families, as well as working with her colleagues in a multi- disciplinary team to improve services for patients who suffer a pregnancy loss. Before becoming a counsellor, Sheila worked in the voluntary sector following her initial training as a social worker. She has worked with people with mental health problems, in a therapeutic drug rehabilitation centre and offers teaching and training in adult education. Ruth Cochrane is Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at University Hospital Lewisham. She has been a consultant since 1997 and is a busy generalist with interests in high- risk obstetrics, major benign gynaecological surgery and undergraduate education. She became a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2003. Ruth developed an interest in the management of perinatal loss while she was a registrar, undertaking specialist training at the Tavistock Centre and supported ever since by her midwifery colleagues.


'The handbook is written in a concise and logical order, firstly detailing the different types of perinatal loss [...] this book will surely be a handbook worth having.' - Amanda Wagg, Journal of Health Visiting 'The authors tackle some challenging issues sensitivelt including death during labour, post mortem and what to do with the baby following death. I believe this is a valuable book that offers insight for everyone who has been touched by the experience of perinatal loss.' - Helen Bennett, Nursing Children and Young People 'The book is an excellent guide to fetal loss and a good source of reference for healthcareworkers of all disciplines. It is essential reading for anyone involved with fetal loss and is a valuable asset to any women's health department.' - Ken Hodson MRCP(UK) MRCOG Subspecialty Trainee in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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