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The loss of a baby at birth: the role of the bereavement officer.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8427838     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To illustrate and emphasise the role of the Bereavement Officer in the management of perinatal death, as recommended and envisaged by a report of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1985. DESIGN: A description of the training and responsibilities of the officer and an account of her involvement with all perinatal deaths within a given period. SETTING: Perinatal deaths in the 12 months, 1 October 1989 to 30 September 1990 from a regional neonatal intensive care unit within a maternity hospital. SUBJECTS: A total of 59 registerable deaths, three late terminations (severe fetal abnormality) and 12 late mid-trimester miscarriages were dealt with by the Bereavement Officer in this 12 month period. RESULTS: The introduction of this service to our unit has led to an improvement in our management of both perinatal and fetal deaths. CONCLUSION: The service has justified fully the recommendations made by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Reducing parents' distress will facilitate their grieving and any subsequent bereavement counselling.
R Appleton; B Gibson; E Hey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of obstetrics and gynaecology     Volume:  100     ISSN:  0306-5456     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  1993 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-03-09     Completed Date:  1993-03-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503752     Medline TA:  Br J Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  51-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Liverpool Children's Hospital, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Fetal Death*
Infant, Newborn
Professional Practice*
Comment In:
Br J Obstet Gynaecol. 1993 Sep;100(9):883-4   [PMID:  8218023 ]

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