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Other Resources – 2018

What’s in a kiss? is a campaign working in conjunction with the NHS to raise awareness of Neonatal Herpes Simplex – a rare but fatal illness. To adults it’s just a cold sore, but this can mean life or death to a baby. #whatsinakiss

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Sands continues to make progress with the National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP) project in collaboration with other charities and with the support of the Department of Health and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss.

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A series of short animated films on FGM have been developed by the RCM in collaboration with the RCOG, the RCGP, survivors of FGM, NGOs and a variety of local community partners. The RCM and its partners worked closely with FGM survivors to ensure the authenticity of the stories being told via the animations remained true to the realities of surviving FGM.

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Sands Lothians (stillbirth and neonatal death society) have produced an animation about post mortems for newly bereaved parents to help with difficult conversations and decisions at a traumatic time. The film was created from the experiences of other bereaved parents.

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Guidance for pregnant women immunised with MMR, chickenpox and shingles vaccine.

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NHS Choices website answers essential questions such as: Is it safe to drink alcohol when pregnant?, How does alcohol affect my unborn baby? How to avoid alcohol in pregnancy? What is a unit of alcohol? Plus, information about alcohol support services.

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The stillbirth prevention charity, MAMA Academy, have produced leaflets for pregnant women which contain the official Dept of Health safer pregnancy messaging. They are available free of charge to all NHS Trusts, midwives, GP surgeries and Sure Start Centres. They are also available in various different languages including Arabic, Bengali, Punjabi, French, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, Welsh, Polish, Urdu and Chinese.

Please email [email protected] to order your free copies.


MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Confidential Enquiry Report has been published and explained the findings on term, singleton, intrapartum stillbirth and intrapartum related neonatal death.

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The Department of Health published an action plan in October 2016 outlining a number of initiatives at national level as well as practical action to build leadership at local level to champion maternity services and support local teams. The National Maternity Safety Strategy reports on progress against that initial action plan. It also proposes a number of further steps that can be made to prevent serious incidents in maternity services.

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NHS England have published guidance on continuity of carer in maternity services. The document aims to support local maternity systems implement continuity of carer.

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A selection of bereavement support tools are available for RCM members on their website. Working in partnership with Sands, the RCM has produced a number of articles to for members to use.

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