Publications & Reports

Stillbirth in Australia 5: Making respectful care after stillbirth a reality: The quest for parent-centred care.

Boyle FM, Horey D, Dean JH, Loughnan S, Ludski K, Mead J, Homer CS, de Wilde D, Morris J, Flenady VJ
Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia; Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth, Mater Research Institute, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Electronic address: [email protected]


Stillbirth is a tragedy that can leave parents feeling powerless and vulnerable. Respectful and supportive bereavement care is essential to reducing adverse psychosocial impact. Initiatives of the Australian Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth are designed to improve care after stillbirth. At their heart are the voices of perinatally bereaved parents and support organisations and shared decision making between parents and health care providers. Priorities in future perinatal bereavement care research include ensuring appropriate care for population groups who experience higher rates of stillbirth and addressing implementation challenges to best practice in respectful and supportive bereavement care within our health systems.

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  • Journal: Women and Birth
  • Published: 01/11/2020
  • Volume: 33
  • Issue: 6
  • Pagination: 531-536