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Women’s health & midwifery
Parents’ experiences of care offered after stillbirth: available, accessible, acceptable, equitable and effective care
  1. Zeinab Hamzehgardeshi1,
  2. Fatemeh Ansari2,
  3. Elham Khoori3
  1. 1Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Center, Department of Reproductive Health and Midwifery, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran
  2. 2MSc Student in Midwifery Counselling, Student Research Committee, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran
  3. 3Counselling and Reproductive Health Research Centre, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Gorgan, Iran
  1. Correspondence to Dr Zeinab Hamzehgardeshi, Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Center, Department of Reproductive Health and Midwifery, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Sari, Iran; z.hamzehgardeshi{at}mazums.ac.ir

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Commentary on: Horey D, Boyle FM, Cassidy J, et al. Parents’ experiences of care offered after stillbirth: an international online survey of high and middle-income countries. Birth 2021; 48:366–74. doi:10.1111/birt.12546.

Implications for practice and research

  • Offering and availability of bereavement care options to women and her families are an important component of all maternity services. These options must be offered based on their needs.

  • Future research should examine why differences in bereavement care occur in different countries, how they affect parents, and in particular, how to support effective connections, decision, and follow-up care.

Context

Stillbirth is undoubtedly one of the most distressing traumatic experiences with long-term impacts on bereaved parents.1 Unfortunately, despite care protocols, parents often report staff behaviour that can do more harm to parents.2 The purpose of this study was to …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.