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Impact of holding the baby following stillbirth on maternal mental health and well-being: findings from a national survey
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    The need for evidence: Response to letters relating to Impact of holding the baby following stillbirth on maternal mental health and well-being: findings from a national survey. BMJ Open 2016; 6(8):e010996
    • Maggie Redshaw, Associate Professor
    • Other Contributors:
      • Julie Hennegan, Jane Henderson

    Dear Editor,

    The topic of contact with the baby after stillbirth is a controversial subject about which feelings run deep. It is important to keep an open mind and allow the evidence to be heard. We discussed the limitations of this work within the paper, and would note that this study has similar, and in some cases fewer, limitations than previous quantitative work on this topic (Hennegan, Henderson & Reds...

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    Do not deny parents choice when their baby dies

    Dear Editor

    It is vital that the findings from a recent article published by Redshaw et al are not misinterpreted as evidence that parents should be denied choice after their baby has died. The study reports higher rates of mental health and relationship difficulties among women who held their stillborn baby compared with those who saw but did not hold their stillborn baby.

    Sands supports the need for...

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    Re: Impact of holding the baby following stillbirth on maternal mental health and well-being: findings from a national survey. BMJ Open 2016;6(8):e010996.
    • Katherine J. Gold, Katherine J. Gold, Physician
    • Other Contributors:
      • Claire Storey; Dimitrios Siassakos; Susannah Leisher; Frances M. Boyle; Lynn Farrales; Alexander Heazell; Dell Horey; Jillian Cassidy; Margaret Murphy; Samantha Murphy; Joanne Cacciatore; and Vicki Flenady

    Dear Editor: We were interested in the recent article by Redshaw et al. which reported higher rates of mental health and relationship difficulties among women who held their stillborn baby.1 We agree this is an important topic, but after reviewing the article in depth, we would like to raise several concerns.

    (1) We note that this was a retrospective survey with a 30.2% response rate in which just 3% of wome...

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