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Perinatal loss & grief

Caregivers who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy or death of a baby often remember their interactions with healthcare staff in great detail. Regardless of circumstance, this kind of loss can be heartbreaking. Families’ emotions to perinatal and neonatal loss can include an array of emotions including guilt or self-blame. It is important to remember that little life does not equal little grief. Healthcare providers cannot change the inevitable and devastating news that a baby has died, but they can change how this news is communicated and how they care for families sensitively.