When a baby dies the impact on a family can be profound, with many parents reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression for years after their baby has died. In this POSTbrief, the provision of support made available to families is discussed, and an overview of health professionals’ roles is described. The briefing also examines how the provision of post-mortems can offer bereaved parents important insights into why their baby has died, and also to those researchers seeking to understand how best to prevent deaths before birth, and in the earliest days of life.

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