Introduction to good practices in care of perinatal mourning at Virgen de las Nieves University Hospital in Granada

Introduction to good practices in care of perinatal mourning at Virgen de las Nieves University Hospital in Granada

Zoraida de la Rosa Várez, Mª del Mar Gutiérrez Martínez, Carmen Ariza Salamanca

Midwives, Hospital Universitario Virgen de las Nieves, Granada, Spain

Introduction:
Virgen de las Nieves Hospital in Granada, is a third level medical center, apart from being a model in fetal medicine for Easter Andalucía. From this context, attendance is provided to a high percentage of pregnant women with obstetrical/fetal pathologies, some of which end up with the living experience of a perinatal mourning. For such reason, we needed to modify the way to attend such women and make suitable our practice according to the attention of perinatal mourning. Objective: To adapt the attention of perinatal mourning in our health centre to the last recommendations according to the scientific societies.

Methods:
Systematic revisión of the recomendations and publications by scientific societies focused on this topic. DataBase: PubMed, Scielo and Academic Google. Elaboration of a procedure on attention to perinatal mourning in our city, including good practices.

Results:
Within the good practices standards, we have included the following ones: Identification of the wards where pregnant women are in such situation: considering art therapy in the process of attention to women and the placement of blue butterflies mandalas just by the door of the wards; Individual admission to women at the pregnancy ward, guaranteeing the relief of pain and offering families contact and babies farewell; Memories creation: box and white clay to collect babies memories; Elaboration of a “Informative Guide for parents after an intrauterine death; The elaboration of a protocol is being created for the attendance of perinatal death; A course financed by professionals is being organized about the attendance of pregnant loss.

Conclusion:
To display all tools and resources the health system and social net have to face the perinatal mourning, including them in our daily practice, is an essential task to tackle as health professionals.

Ethics statement:
Ethics approval not required.

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