Perinatal Loss: Providing Emotional Support for Bereaved Parents
Version of Record online: 31 MAR 2007
Volume 15, Issue 4, pages 242–246, December 1988
How to Cite
Davis, D. L., Stewart, M. and Harmon, R. J. (1988), Perinatal Loss: Providing Emotional Support for Bereaved Parents. Birth, 15: 242–246. doi: 10.1111/j.1523-536X.1988.tb01118.x
- Issue online: 31 MAR 2007
- Version of Record online: 31 MAR 2007
ABSTRACT: This paper focuses on parents’emotional needs after perinatal loss and ways in which health care professionals can meet those needs. Parents must be educated about the grieving process and have their feelings acknowledged and validated. Health professionals can support parents by being available and listening, giving clear medical information, addressing parents’concerns, acknowledging the special situation, limiting the use of tranquilizers, providing follow-up, making referrals to support groups or for psychologic counseling, and learning what is helpful to say to bereaved parents. To be able to approach parents and offer support, ealth professionals must be aware of their own reactions to the death of a baby, loss, and grief. Receiving staff support better enables them to offer effective emotional support to bereaved parents.