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Impact of holding the baby following stillbirth on maternal health and well-being

A study of the effects on the mother's mental health and wellbeing of holding their baby after stillbirth has been published in BMJ Open. The study, carried out by NPEU researchers Maggie Redshaw, Julie Hennegan and Jane Henderson, used data from Listening to Parents, a national survey of women who had a stillborn baby in England in 2012. The results suggest an adverse effect of holding their stillborn baby, with significant increases in anxiety and relationship difficulties with their family 9 months after the birth. There were important limitations to the study which must be born in mind when considering the results. Read the full paper.

Listening to Parents report published

The report of Listening to Parents, a national survey of maternity care for women who had a stillborn baby or a baby who died as a newborn, has been published.

Download: Listening to Parents report

Visit the Listening to Parents webpages to download the report or to request a hard copy.

Launch of Listening to Parents survey results

The report of Listening to Parents, a national survey of maternity care for women who had a stillborn baby or a baby who died in the neonatal period in England, will be launched at a meeting at the Royal Society of Medicine on 9th April. Book your place at Listening to Parents: the impact of stillbirth and neonatal death.

Listening to Parents

Listening to Parents, a national survey of the experiences of women and partners after the stillbirth or death of their baby, has started.

Visit the Listening to Parents page for more information.

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