by Andrew Kitchenman / NJ Spotlight
The loss of a child through stillbirth is traumatic, and caregivers need to be sensitive to the mother’s shock and grief. In response to a woman who lost her baby in 2011 and regrets not reaching closure while in the hospital, state legislators have drafted a bill that seeks to ensure that healthcare providers are fully aware of the physical and emotional consequences of stillbirth.
The Autumn Joy Stillbirth Research and Dignity Act would require state health officials to develop policies to ensure that hospitals and healthcare providers are prepared to respond to stillbirths with sensitivity, and to gather data that could be useful in researching their cause.
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