Losing a baby is one of the most devastating experiences to go through. Not only for the parents but also siblings, grandparents, and extended family.
One in four pregnancies ends with baby loss. Resulting in thousands of parents suffering unimaginable grief.
No amount of compensation can counteract the pain and loss, parents experience after a stillbirth or neonatal death.
But if you believe the death of your baby was due to mistakes or negligence by the medical team you could have a legal case.
Compensation won’t change what has happened, but it can provide some financial stability.
Following any stillbirth or neonatal death, there should be a thorough investigation. To determine what happened and explain why it happened.
Hospital trusts should use this information to ensure the same mistakes are not made again. Preventing other families from experiencing the same loss.
It’s vital to seek legal advice early. Speak to a solicitor with experience in baby loss. They will be able to listen to you, offer advice, and provide guidance.
Types of baby loss
Every case involving the loss of a baby is unique.
Termination for Medical Reasons (TFMR) – A medical professional may offer a termination if screening shows the baby or Mother could be at risk.
Miscarriage – Early miscarriage is pre-12 weeks. Late miscarriage is between 12 and 24 weeks.
Ectopic pregnancy – Ectopic pregnancy is when the embryo develops in the fallopian tube rather than the uterus.
Stillbirth – The death of a baby after 24 weeks or during birth.
Neonatal loss – A baby is born alive but dies shortly after birth.
Coping with baby loss
Survivors of baby loss have different ways of coping and grief is different for everyone.
Be kind to yourself – Try not to blame yourself for what has happened. Look after yourself as much as possible and don’t be afraid to ask for help. You need time to process what has happened. Speak to your employer about time off.
Grief – Grief manifests in different ways. Allow yourself time to grieve, there is no time frame. Respect your partner as they may be grieving in a different way to you.
Support – There are many support groups where you can meet other bereaved parents. It can be helpful to speak to someone in the same situation as you. We’ve listed some of the groups available below.
Memories – Find ways to remember your baby.
If you have experienced baby loss, you can contact us for free legal advice.
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