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Stillbirth 07 December 2009
Helping parents whose baby has died

Guidelines introduced by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence say that mothers of infants who are stillborn or die soon after birth should not routinely be encouraged to see or hold their dead infant. But some organisations which support bereaved parents say the guidance is inconsistent and may deny parents the chance to see and hold their baby after death, should they choose to do so. Jane is joined by Alice Ratcliffe, a mother whose baby died and who feels she was helped by the opportunity to see and hold her; by Judith Schott of Sands the stillbirth and neonatal death charity; and by Dr Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive of NICE.


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