Our Vision
Our Vision
Our vision is to reduce the devastating impact of stillbirth for women, families and the wider community through improving care to reduce the number of stillborn babies and to reduce the impact of this loss.
People + Partners
People + Partners
Meet the network of people, organisations, and professional institutions driving research and program implementation across the Stillbirth CRE.
Our work
Our Work
Explore some of the latest Stillbirth CRE research projects, scientific studies, and educational campaigns on stillbirth prevention and care after stillbirth.
News + Events
News + events
View the latest news and events from the Stillbirth CRE and our collaborating partners.
Get Involved
Get Involved
There's so many ways to contribute to stillbirth research. Sign up to our newsletter to stay in touch with the latest news, join our community, make a donation, or participate in research. Find out all the ways to Get Involved.

New online support program to help bereaved parents following the death of their baby

June 25, 2021

A new research study launching on 28 June will trial a national online grief support program for parents following a stillbirth or the death of their newborn baby.

The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth (Stillbirth CRE) is coordinating the research study to evaluate the effectiveness of the program, which was co-designed and developed by a team of bereaved parents and healthcare professionals.

Called “Living with Loss”, the online support program shares evidence-based strategies commonly used by healthcare professionals to help parents navigate grief in the short and long-term.

Stillbirth CRE co-director Professor Vicki Flenady said researchers hoped to engage a wide range of bereaved parents to evaluate the effectiveness of the online program.

“The death of a child around the time of birth is one of the most profoundly distressing events any parent will experience and may often has lasting psychological, social and financial consequences,” Professor Flenady said. “We’d like to see parents from across Australia participate in this study to help us work towards improving bereavement care for all families.”

The online program includes six interactive modules, including topics on grief, managing intense feelings, facing difficult situations and conversations, strengthening relationships, and navigating the future.

Associate Professor Fran Boyle is a principal investigator on the study and was involved in developing the program, along with GPs, psychologists, social workers, midwives, and bereaved parents and their support organisations. She said it was important for parents to have access to a number of options for grief support because different parents will have different needs at different times.

“There is no set time frame for grief and no set way to grieve the loss of a baby,” Associate Professor Boyle said. “Support can come from different places, including family, friends, local and online support groups, telephone helplines and seeing a health professional.”

Study lead Dr Siobhan Loughnan from the Stillbirth CRE invites parents who have lost a baby in the past two years to participate in the study. “We hope that our research and the Living with Loss online program can help improve support options for bereaved parents and families in Australia,” she said.

ENDS

Find out more about the Living with Loss research study or register online: http://livingwithloss.com.au/

The Centre of Research Excellence  in Stillbirth is a national collaboration addressing the tragedy of stillbirth, administered by the Mater Research Institute – University of Queensland (MRI-UQ). The Stillbirth CRE aims to reduce the rate of stillbirth and improve care for parents and families whose baby is stillborn in Australia. For more information about the Stillbirth CRE, visit www.stillbirthcre.org.au

Media contact:


Chrissie Astell

Living with Loss Study Coordinator

The Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth

07 3163 8027

chrissie.astell@mater.uq.edu.au


magnifiercross