New website is launched to help parents who suffer a pregnancy loss

There is now a website dedicated to parents who have suffered the loss of a baby.

The site, which aims to offer information and support is called pregnancyandinfantloss.ie, and has been set up by the INFANT Centre at University College Cork, in partnership with the Irish Hospice Foundation.

It has accessible information on a sensitive and often stigmatised subject, according to a spokeswoman. 

As well as that, it has the latest research into the causes of baby loss, promotes emotional well-being, and offers details on how to access the appropriate support services.

Miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal and infant death can have a devastating impact on the woman, her partner, her other children, and her extended family so there needs to be help available to them. 

Dr Keelin O’Donoghue, Consultant Obstetrician at Cork University Maternity Hospital said, ''The website is a step forward in our commitment to consistent quality care for parents, as well as education and support for maternity staff while raising awareness of pregnancy loss and recognising its wide impact".

The website is an initiative of the Implementation Group for the National Standards for Bereavement Care Following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death and is supported by funding from the Irish Hospice Foundation. 

The standards, which were launched in August 2016, defined the care parents and families should receive following a pregnancy loss or perinatal death in all Irish maternity hospitals.

Irish Hospice Foundation CEO Sharon Foley has said that ''The IHF is very proud to support the new national pregnancy loss website. The loss of a child is devastating to any parent. Grieving parents should be able to access sensitive and consistent bereavement care at every stage of their journey and in every location throughout Ireland.''

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