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Volume 16/Issue 1, January 2020

Improving bereavement care for those affected by pregnancy loss or the death of a baby

Marc Harder

The number of babies dying from stillbirth and neonatal death in the UK has fallen from 15 a day to 14. This is a welcome revelation and confirmation that things are heading in the right direction, with 350 fewer babies dying in 2018 than in 2017. However, it’s clear that more needs to be done to continue these improvements, and sadly it means that around 5,000 families will need bereavement care in 2020 after the loss of a baby through stillbirth or neonatal death. The National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP) for Pregnancy and Baby Loss seeks to raise standards in bereavement care to a high level of quality and a high level of consistency.

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