Subsequent pregnancies

‘You know that will be a long nine months’

Showing emotion

‘Over time it will become easier to cope with emotionally’

Support for clinicians

‘People need support and debriefing’

Talking to and supporting families

‘People want to cure you’


‘I can remember being taught almost nothing about stillbirth’

Post-mortems/further investigations

‘It must be done early because after that a woman closes down’

Partners and extended family

‘I make sure they know the support is for the family’

Clinical care

‘Clinically the tasks can be done with no emotion’

Facilities available to families

‘We don’t have a dedicated bereavement suite’

First experiences

‘I was still not that proficient in using ultrasound’

Insights and advice

‘I would like to be more connected with the bereavement team’

Attitudes towards stillbirth

‘It’s a bit like a dirty secret people don’t want to acknowledge’