High quality perinatal bereavement care is critical for women and families following stillbirth or newborn death. Guidance for health care professionals is essential in this challenging area of practice but the evidence base is sparse and disparate. The Clinical Practice Guideline for Respectful and Supportive Perinatal
Bereavement Care was developed for the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) and the Australian Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence (Stillbirth CRE). Based on a comprehensive review of published evidence and wide consultation with parent organisations, clinicians, policy makers and researchers, the Guideline presents 49 clear evidence-based recommendations for health care professionals and maternity care facilities.