The research found bereaved parents experienced high levels of satisfaction with the bereavement care they received after the loss of their baby. 63 parents and over 1,000 healthcare professionals participated in the study.

Results showed that:

  • 84% of parents felt the hospital was a caring and supportive environment
  • 92% of parents agreed they were treated with respect
  • 89% of parents felt the decisions they made in the hospital were the right ones at the time
  • 92% of health professionals felt prepared to communicate with bereaved parents and 79% felt supported in delivering good quality bereavement care.

Jenny Ward, acting CEO of The Lullaby Trust said: “We are delighted to see the positive outcomes of the evaluation. It proves just how vitally important proper care is in the journey of bereaved parents. We hope that this encourages other areas to provide a consistent level of support to families going through the trauma of a child death.”

The National Bereavement Care Pathway is being led by: Sands (Stillbirth and neonatal death charity), Bliss, The Lullaby Trust, The Miscarriage Association, ARC (Antenatal Results & Choices), Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of General Practitioners, Neonatal Nurses Association, Institute of Health Visiting, NHS England.

Further information regarding the NBCP, how to register with the pathway and other details can be found at