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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-21834: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 26 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many specialist bereavement midwives are employed by each NHS board.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 12 March 2019

Information on the number of specialist bereavement midwives employed by each Health Board is not collected centrally. However, we know that some Health Boards have specialist bereavement midwives; other Health Boards have individuals or teams trained in, and delivering, bereavement care. All Health Boards have at least one midwife who has an interest in bereavement and offers maternity bereavement care as part of their role.

Scottish Government has funded Sands £94,000 to lead and develop the National Bereavement Care Pathway with other baby loss charities and Royal Colleges to improve the quality of bereavement care when a baby dies.