Parents should be offered the opportunity to engage with the review of their baby’s death

When their baby dies shortly before or after birth, parents often want and need to understand why. Yet there is no standard process currently for engaging parents in the hospital review which follows the death of their baby. This process is vital to prevent future deaths. Parental engagement is now mandatory in the PMRT programme.

A new study tested the hypothesis at two UK hospitals that involving parents would have the potential to answer their questions and therefore support them in grieving, drive patient safety improvements, and promote an open culture within healthcare.