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HSE National Bereavement Standards, 2nd March 2019

The HSE National Bereavement Standards will be held in Devere Hall, University College Cork, Cork.

A specific focus to the Health and Wellbeing chapter of the National Maternity Strategy Implementation Plan was the improvement of support services for women and families who have experienced the loss of a baby. This was initiated through the launch of the National Standards for Bereavement Care following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death, published in August 2016.

Dr Keelin O’Donoghue, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in CUMH was appointed as National Implementation Lead for the Standards for Bereavement Care Following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death. Rióna Cotter was appointed, for a two year period, as programme manager for same in March 2017. The implementation programme commenced in March 2017. The implementation is being overseen by a National Implementation Group; a multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals with expertise in Maternity Bereavement Care from around the country.

The 2 year implementation programme will complete the work it was tasked with in March 2019. This forum will update guests on the implementation programme, discuss specific developments from the programme and plans for the further development of Maternity Bereavement Care.

We will also share best practice in international research and Maternity Bereavement care as we have secured agreement from two international speakers to attend the Forum

Prof Alexander Heazell is internationally renowned for his work in understanding the reasons for stillbirth, and prevention of perinatal mortality and improving care for parents whose babies die before or shortly after birth. He is the Chair of the International Stillbirth Association, and work with the Scientific Advisory Committee within ISA to improve information for parents and direct effective research.

Ms Jillian Cassidy is the co-founder of Umamanita Stillbirth and Neonatal Society, Spain and is the chair for the organising committee for ISA 2019 in Madrid. PAs a parent, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Forum.

Photo credit – Louise Foott

For further information please contact riona.cotter@hse.ie

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National Maternity Bereavement Forum, Saturday, March 2nd, 2019. 09.30-17.00 Devere Hall, UCC.
Work of 2 year implementation programme.