If the worst occurs, like any complaint or claim, it is vital to seek advice as soon as possible. If suitable, you may be invited to speak with your treating doctors to discuss the events that led to the death and to provide you with an opportunity to ask questions. On some occasions it is not immediately clear what the cause of death was, and a post-mortem examination may be advised. A post-mortem is a type of autopsy and examination performed on the baby to determine the cause of death.
This is an important step to take in terms of registering the death and on some occasions involving genetic conditions, can be used to monitor and treat future pregnancies. In some cases, the hospital may wish to conduct an investigation into the circumstances around your child’s death. As part of this process, they may look at your medical records, speak with you and your partner and the staff involved in your care. If this takes place you are entitled to a copy of any investigation report, any comments obtained from the staff and a set of your medical records.
This should be conducted with the upmost respect and sympathy to you and your family and you should be referred to the patient liaison services or complaint team for support. Consideration should be made as to whether a referral for counselling or further treatment is required.