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Maternity & Midwifery Hour Episode 10: Supporting Bereaved Families

On this page you can access the live stream, links and resources for our 10th June 2020 Maternity & Midwifery Hour live stream.

This Maternity & Midwifery Hour – to mark Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Awareness month – speakers will discuss the key principals of bereavement care and is hosted as usual by Sue Macdonald, Co-editor, Mayes Midwifery.

Joining us for this episode are:

Marc Harder, UK Programme Manager, National Bereavement Care Pathway , SANDS Charity

Clare Worgan, Training and Learning Resources Manager, SANDS Charity

High quality care when a baby dies is essential for the wellbeing of families. With effective tools, knowledge and support midwives can be empowered to address their own emotions and provide the best possible care when the worst happens.

Clare will focus on how best to support bereaved parents and families in clinical practice. She will share insights from bereaved parents and discuss themes such as sensitive communication, grief and support resources for midwives.

Marc will talk about the roll out of the National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP), a programme of improvement and include an update on recent successes. The 9 Standards of Bereavement Care will also be covered in Marc’s discussion along with details of how your trust can join the NBCP.

The video will be available to watch right here on Wednesday 10th June from 7:00 – 8:00pm.


Supporting Bereaved Families

Baby Loss

Bereavement care during COVID-19

NBCP website (includes sign up details)

NBCP Scotland website 

NBCP Online Learning Modules –

Follow SANDS on Twitter:

@sandsinsights @sandsuk @clare_worgan @marcharder

#nbcpathway #nbcpscotland #SandsHereToSupport #findingthewords

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Resources from previous episodes:

Human Rights in Maternity

Birthrights   – – position statement and Q&A

RCM Rapid review on optimising maternity services and maternal and newborn outcomes in a pandemic:

Human Rights Violations in Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

Renfrew, M. J., Cheyne, H,  Craig, J.,  Duff, E., Dykes, F.,  Hunter, B.,  Lavender, T. Page, Lesley.,  Ross-Davie, M.,  Spiby, H.  Downe, Soo (2020). “Sustaining quality midwifery care in a pandemic and beyond.”     Midwifery 88:   102759.

A.N. Wilson, et al., Caring for the carers: Ensuring the provision of quality maternity care during a global pandemic, Women Birth (2020),

Current Issues

Jane Elliott – “take a walk in my shoes”…   Based on brown & blue eyes

Pre-Eclampsia resources

Action on pre-eclampsia  (APEC)

Action on pre-eclampsia virtual Learning Environment:  (APEC)

Infant Feeding

Brown, A  2019   Informed is best: How to spot fake news about your pregnancy, birth and baby    Pinter and Martin (also Kindle)

Brown, A Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who Really Decides How We Feed Our Babies?  2016 Pinter and Martin

Regan, S., Brown, A 2019   Experiences of online breastfeeding support: Support and reassurance versus judgement and misinformation Maternal & Child Nutrition  10.1111/mcn.12874

Brown, A 2018  Giving your baby solid food early won’t help them sleep better

Brown, A. 2018 Breastfeeding is good for mothers’ mental health – but those who struggle need support

Harries, V., Brown, A., Brown, A. 2019 The association between baby care books that promote strict care routines and infant feeding, night time care, and maternal-infant interactions Maternal & Child Nutrition e12858

Entwistle, F  2017 Chapter 44  Infant Feeding and relationship Building in Macdonald SE and Johnson G 2017 Mayes Midwifery Elsevier 

Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative website 

NEW UNICEF campaign launched today

UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Statement on Infant \feeding during the Coronovirus (Covid 19) outbreak Updated 02 April 2020

UINCEF Statement: Infant feeding on neonatal units during the Covid-19 outbreak (updated 02 April 2020)

Contact UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative:

Maternity and Midwifery Forum 

Nursing and Midwifery Council:  

Guidance for students – also keep in contact with your university

RCM/RCOG  Information:

Royal College of Midwives

 (RCM): RCM Position statement: Birth Partners’  16.4.20

Other clinical briefings:

Midwifery Unit Network MUNet European Position Statement – Midwifery Units & CoVid-19  published  April 7th 2020

Public Health England – Covid-19 Personal protective Equipment (PPE ) 2.4.2020

Also UK  Covid Symptom Tracker  – download and check in daily John Hopkins Coronovirus Resource Center

All4Maternity – Nurturezone  (

The Practising Midwife site:

The COVID-19 blog:

NHS information  about wellbeing apps for NHS staff:

NHS in Mind – Free platform with 8 easy access inventions for staff:

PPE Donning     

 and Doffing:

Wobble Rooms and other FAB stuff…

The Midwife Patchwork 2020 project: .. See on Twitter: @ThemidwifePatc1   or

WHO advice on breastfeeding 2020

ObsCOVID  a new online  registry  designed for healthcare workers in maternity

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