Stillbirth and neonatal death charity publish new guidelines for nurses

Sands has updated its guidelines for nurses caring for people affected by pregnancy loss and neonatal death.
Sands guidelines

Updated guidelines on pregnancy loss and neonatal death for health professionals will be released next week by stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands.

The guidelines, which will be published on 14 September, offer practical guidance for nurses and other professionals.

The resource contains information about early and late miscarriage, termination for fetal anomaly, stillbirth, and caring for ill babies and those likely to die shortly after birth.

Comprehensive guidance

Sands chief executive Clea Harmer said: ‘We have made every effort to ensure that this is the most comprehensive and effective set of guidelines possible.

‘[We] hope our plans to improve accessibility will result in increased engagement and more healthcare professionals feeling confident in the bereavement care they are able to provide for parents when a baby dies.’

The guidelines were first published in 1991 and updated in 2007.

The new version will be made available online next week.