Why does post-mortem matter? The difficult case of baby-loss

by Kate Reed

This week (14-20 May) is Dying Matters Awareness Week. And, it is currently estimated by the NHS that one in six pregnancies in the UK will, sadly, end in miscarriage. According to official data (PDF) 3,245 stillbirths and 1,381 neonatal deaths were recorded in 2014.

Post-mortem can often contribute to a better understanding of the underlying causes of death in such cases. But, in evidence submitted as part of a parliamentary debate on baby loss in 2016, low rates of consent for post-mortem were identified as a cause for concern.

Therefore, understanding how to support parents effectively around decision-making about post-mortem is important for reducing incidences of baby-loss. Continue reading