Focus on education and support for parents who lose their baby
IN THIS ISSUE:
Author: Nomathemba Chandiwana, Salome Maswime, Pascaline Ngaleo Tchokogueu, Amina Oziwere Jibril, George Gwako, Linda Ahenkorah Fondjo, Tino Salome, Richard Chawana, Michael Adeyemi Olamoyegun, Nompumelelo Mtshali, Hannah Blencowe
Description: Effective interventions along the continuum of mother and child care are required to bring stillbirth to the forefront of the global health agenda and reduce its burden.
Description writer: Nomathemba Chandiwana, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Salome Maswime, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; Massachusetts General Hospital, United States
Pascaline Ngaleo Tchokogueu, HIV Free Litoral Project, Douala, Cameroon
Amina Oziwere Jibril, Department of Paediatrics, University of Abuja and University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, FCT, Nigeria
George Gwako, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology , University of Nairobi, Kenya
Linda Ahenkorah Fondjo, Department of Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine and Dentistry, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
Tino Salome, Medical Research Council/Uganda Virus Research Institute and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: Uganda Research Unit
Richard Chawana, Medical Research Council: Respiratory and Meningeal Pathogens Research Unit, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Michael Adeyemi Olamoyegun, Department of Medicine, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology and Lautech Teaching Hospital, Osogbo, Nigeria
Nompumelelo Mtshali, Department of Anatomical Pathology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Hannah Blencowe, Maternal Adolescent Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH) Centre, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom
Author: Dorte M. Christiansen
Description: Infant loss can be highly traumatic and lead to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Early identification of PTSD is extremely important, as the disorder is severely under-diagnosed in the parent population and may have a high number of adverse effects for the bereaved parent as well as his/her family, including children born subsequent to the loss.
Description writer: Dorte M. Christiansen, National Center for Psychotraumatology, University of Southern Denmark; Institute of Psychology, University of Southern Denmark
Author: Julie Jones
Description: In the UK around 15 babies die before, during or soon after their birth every day. Researchers reviewes studies on support for mothers, fathers and families after a perinatal death. They found no studies sufficiently robust to meet their criteria for inclusion, thus highlighting the lack of strong research in the field.
Description writer: Julie Jones, Senior Lecturer, Midwifery, University of West London
Author: Alexander E P Heazell, Aleena Wojciese, Nicole Graham, Louise Stephens
Description: This article presents evidence to guide care providers when caring for women in pregnancies after stillbirth or perinatal death, and describes a specialist service currently providing such care in the UK.
Description writer: Alexander E P Heazell, Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester; St. Mary’s Hospital, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, Manchester, UK
Aleena Wojciese, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth, Mater Research Institute – The University of Queensland (MRI-UQ), South Brisbane, Australia
Nicole Graham, Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester; St. Mary’s Hospital, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, Manchester, UK
Louise Stephens, St. Mary’s Hospital, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, Manchester, UK
Author: Helen Shoemark
Description: Parents and their infants in the NICU often have restricted opportunities to experience each other in contingent ways. Time Together is a one-time psycho-education session which shows promising results for parental self-efficacy. It champions the parent’s voice as a central platform for nurturing interaction with their medically complex infant.
Description writer: Helen Shoemark, Associate Professor, Music Therapy, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA
Author: Jane Wiggill
Description: Saving the lives of children during pregnancy, infancy and childhood and ensuring all people affected by the death of a baby, infant or young child, are supported, cared for and connected to what they need to continue engaging with life.
Description writer: Jane Wiggill, Manager: Health & Advocacy, Red Nose Australia
Author: Fatima Bhula
Description: It is a sad fact that 15 babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth in the UK every day. Fatima Bhula describes how early parenting educators can support parents who attend antenatal classes and lose their baby, and also how the other parents in the group can be supported.
Description writer: Fatima Bhula, NCT Antenatal Teacher and Excellent Practitioner; Sands Improving Bereavement Care Trainer, UK