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Resources for health care and service professionals

This section has been created to support and equip health care and service professionals with the resources and information needed to provide skilled and compassionate care to families who have experienced a pregnancy loss, stillbirth or the death of their infant.

Resources include suggestions for communication, memory making, forming bereavement committees, and practical information and handouts for families (lactation after loss, employment leave, etc.).  

Pregnancy loss

Stillbirth

Infant loss

Subsequent pregnancy

Supporting families with a subsequent pregnancy

Caring for care providers

Toolkit for professionals

This section contains suggestions for hospital-specific practices that promote skilled and compassionate care for families who are experiencing pregnancy or infant loss.  Here you will find information for hospital staff looking to develop bereavement support systems within their organizations.

Quality Standard

Ontario Health (Quality) and the Pregnancy and Infant Loss Network have released a quality standard outlining quality care for people experiencing early pregnancy complications and/or loss.
It includes a conversation guide to help patients ask informed if they are in their first trimester, have pain, or bleeding, or think a miscarriage may be happening.  View guide.

Download the standard, patient guide and other resources to see what steps you can take to improve care.

For more information about quality standards click here.

Share your feedback about our resources

We’re always looking for ways to better support care professionals in providing the best care for people experiencing pregnancy or infant loss. Share your thoughts about the resources provided, and let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see in the future.