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Putting positive experiences at the centre of postnatal care – Cochrane blog

The global health community has previously focussed postnatal care on reducing death and serious illness among women and babies. But this is simply not enough. Just like a “good birth” is about more than a live, healthy baby, getting through the postnatal period is about so much more than just survival — than just “getting over the line”… read

Preventing stillbirth: What’s the latest evidence? Cochrane blog

We’ve often been asked by friends, family, and others, ‘what is stillbirth, exactly’? In the general community, stillbirth is somewhat mysterious. People have some idea of what it is, and that it’s a horrible tragedy, but beyond that, it’s something most people have never really had to think about (thankfully)… But the big question we’ve been asked, a lot, is ‘how can we stop it’? read

Pregnancy after stillbirth: experience and evidence gaps – Cochrane blog

Some may assume that conceiving a new pregnancy after stillbirth might be somewhat of a “cure” for the trauma of stillbirth; that it’s the inevitable “happily ever after” for families who endure the death of their child, and nothing more needs to be done for these families… read

Five ways to help parents cope with the trauma of stillbirth – The Conversation

There are at least 2.6 million stillbirths a year across the world. More than 2,000 families each year suffer the loss of a stillborn baby in Australia, equating to six stillborn babies every day… read

Better care and communication can cut stillbirth rates and avoid unnecessary trauma – The Conversation

An unusually high number of stillbirths and infant deaths at a Victorian regional hospital has stirred up a grim topic often hidden from public view. A review of ten of these deaths occurring in 2013 and 2014 found that seven may have been avoidable… read

Interventions for improving outcomes in pregnancies that follow stillbirth – Cochrane podcast

Women who have had a stillborn baby are up to five times more likely to have a stillbirth in their subsequent pregnancies. They are also at higher risk of other complications, such as preterm birth and growth problems for the baby… listen

Care in subsequent pregnancies following stillbirth: An international survey of parents – BJOG video abstract

What we found was that parents often had extra antenatal visits and extra ultrasound scans, but parents rarely received extra emotional support – so quite a focus on antepartum surveillance and detecting medical complications… watch

Antibiotics for prelabour rupture of membranes at or near term – podcast

Currently, it’s common to use antibiotics to prevent infection entering the womb and affecting the mother and baby in this scenario, but this strategy is not supported by strong evidence of benefit… listen