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Understanding parents decision-making needs for autopsy consent after stillbirth: Framework analysis of a large survey

Project Status Complete
Organisation Lead University of Queensland
Lead Investigator Anne Schirmann
Program Area Implementing Best Practice In Care After Stillbirth And In Subsequent Pregnancies
Topic Data And Novel Interventions To Improve Bereavement Care
Contact Fran Boyle at

Experiencing stillbirth is devastating and leaves parents searching for causes. Autopsy is the gold standard for investigation, but deciding to consent to this procedure is very difficult for parents. Decision support in the form of clear, consistent, and parent‐centered information is vital to shared decision-making and to reducing the likelihood of later regret.
This study aimed to understand the factors that affect mothers decisions about having an autopsy for their stillborn baby.
The study has been published in Birth and can be accessed here: