Updated guidance for health professionals on supporting patients after pregnancy loss or baby death will be published next week, a charity has announced.
The new edition of Pregnancy loss and the death of a baby: Guidelines for professionals will be officially launched by Sands on 14 September 2016.
It will be the fourth edition of the guideline, which has undergone a comprehensive update since the previous version was published nearly a decade ago in 2007.
Sands said the update contained vital information for professionals regarding losses at any stage during pregnancy, including early and late miscarriage and termination for foetal anomaly, as well as stillbirth and care for very ill babies and those who are likely to die shortly after birth.
The charity said the guidelines provided a “description of what good care looks like”, as well as offering practical advice on how to meet the needs of parents in a variety of situations.
Dr Clea Harmer, chief executive of Sands, said: “We’ve made every effort to ensure that this is the most comprehensive and effective set of guidelines possible.
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“[We] hope our plans to improve accessibility will result in increased engagement and more healthcare professionals feeling confident in the bereavement care they are able to provide for parents when a baby dies.”
The guidelines are intended to support and expand the charity’s other resources for healthcare professionals, including the Sands Audit Tool, Post mortem consent package and the teardrop stickers, said the charity.
The updated guidelines have been endorsed by a range of stakeholder organisations, including the Neonatal Nurses Association, Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Nursing
They will be available to purchase via the Sands shop from 14 September in hardcopy for £19.99 and, for the time, electronically in PDF and EPUB formats for £14.99.