Support for parents following stillbirth

Vicki J Flenady, Christine Carroll and Ros M Richardson
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10982
Published online: 3 September 2012

To the Editor: Cunningham’s perspective1 provides a timely review of the literature relating to the maternal psychological outcomes of holding stillborn babies, which remains controversial. It is unfortunate that some popular media sources reported it incorrectly as saying that seeing and holding stillborn babies may cause harm.2 The correct conclusion is that the literature is inconclusive.

  • Vicki J Flenady1
  • Christine Carroll2
  • Ros M Richardson3

  • 1 Australian and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance, Mater Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 Sands Australia National Council, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 SIDS and Kids Australia, Melbourne, VIC.


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