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RCOG publishes care requirements for parents whose babies die

New patient information about the care parents can expect to receive during and after the death of a baby before birth has been published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

New patient information about the care parents can expect to receive during and after the death of a baby before birth has been published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

The guidance – When your baby dies before birth: Information for you – covers reasons why a baby may die before birth, choices for birth, what happens after birth and tests parents will be offered.

A baby dying before birth occurs in one in every 200 pregnancies.

RCOG patient information committee chair Philippa Marsden said: “This new patient information is written in an accessible way and covers many of the questions parents will have, particularly about choices for birth and the various tests parents will be offered, which may provide answers and help with a future pregnancy.”

She added: “It is intended to complement information from Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, which offers support to anyone affected by the death of a baby before, during or shortly after birth.”

In a statement, the charity Sands said: “The guidance recognises that baby death is a unique type of loss and parents facing this awful situation need as much advice and help as possible at their fingertips. “

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