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Rights of parents and babies experiencing a perinatal loss

The Atlanta chapter of the pregnancy and infant loss support organization SHARE publishes a list of the rights of parents and babies who are experiencing a perinatal loss. These “Rights of Parents” and “Rights of Baby” statements give guidelines for the hospital and parents to make the birth experience as meaningful as possible.

Another resource is the UK-based Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society’s “Principles of Good Care” for care when a baby dies. You can print both of these resources out for your reference, or to give to your health care team at the hospital.

SHARE Atlanta’s Rights of Parents and Baby

SANDS Principles of Care

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Article by Kay Squires, with special thanks to Valerie, Holly, and Marion, and the members of the PROM mailing list
January 2005, updated July 2011