Max's legacy: an evaluation of the impacts of baby loss on staff and families

Title

Max's legacy: an evaluation of the impacts of baby loss on staff and families

Creator

Whitehouse C; Crane R; Rostron H; Cater K

Publisher

British Journal of Midwifery

Date

2023

Subject

Female; Descriptive Research; Human; Thematic Analysis; Bereavement; Family Attitudes; Semi-Structured Interview; Abortion, Spontaneous; After Care; Attitude of Health Personnel; Focus Groups; Multimethod Studies; Pregnancy Trimester, First; Pregnancy; Safety; United Kingdom

Description

Background/Aims There is a paucity of literature on the impact of baby loss experiences on family and staff. This study aimed to explore existing support available to families and staff in a UK hospital for first trimester miscarriage, as well as experiences of baby loss, and make recommendations for future care. Methods A mixed-methods service evaluation was conducted. Data were gathered from healthcare professionals (surveys, phase 1; interviews, phase 2) and service users who had experienced baby loss (focus group discussions, phase 3). Qualitative data were analysed thematically, alongside descriptive quantitative results. Results Communication, support, recognition of loss and environment were key contributors to positive and negative experiences for staff and families. Peer support enhanced communication, reduced isolation and increased ability to function on a daily basis following loss. Conclusions Formal, resourced maternity bereavement aftercare services are essential to the support the experiences, outcomes and safety of staff and families experiencing baby loss and miscarriage.

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Citation List Month

September List 2023

Collection

Citation

Whitehouse C; Crane R; Rostron H; Cater K, “Max's legacy: an evaluation of the impacts of baby loss on staff and families,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 13, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/19313.