How does your facility deal with fetal demise? - page 3

Hello. I am a student nurse with a job in L&D this summer. I overall like the unit but there are several things that I find strange. One of the things I found strange was when I asked the nurse... Read More

  1. by   FlKelRN
    Hey all! I was wondering if anyone would be willing to send me a copy of their hospital policies/procedures for IUFD. We're trying to re-do ours and I'm on the commity for this and could use as many resouces as possible because ours is not good and I'd love for it to be great! Thanks!
  2. by   mille173
    At the hospital I work at we have a nurse who is certified as a grief counselor. We have have lots of materials for the parents to read and we put together a little box with a disposable camera that we take pictures of the baby on and the parents can develop it if and when they would like. Sometimes we even cut a little bit of the baby's hair and put it in a plastic bag. We just put some stuff together in a memory box that the parents can take with them. We also do a memorial service in May for all the babies that were lost through the year. Parents are also invited to this as well. I feel that our hospital does a good job at helping parents deal with fetal demise.
  3. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Quote from Elvish
    We have grief packets and information about support groups, that we offer at any gestation loss. We offer chaplain service as well but it's parents' choice to say yes or no to that. Our grief packets contain information about the grief process and books to help siblings deal, if that applies.

    Our memory box contains of
    the clothes that were used in the picture
    armbands like the ones we use for live newborns w/ birth info
    locks of hair, if possible

    I love the work that the folks at NILMDTS do. So professional and so beautiful.
    Sounds like what we have. THere are MANY resources for families suffering infant and fetal loss. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise and if you offer none at your hospital, it's time to start searching. These people need ALL the support we can offer.
  4. by   chinklee81
    Hello fellow nurses, I came acrosss this question when I was actually looking for informatio for parents that have fetal demises at my facility, I am a newer nurse of 2 yrs and have worked my unit this entire time, I have gotten to see and comfort families of fetal demises quiet often, I had one of my one a few years ago and since being a nurse I have had a few pts ranging form GA of 14 weeks to 34 weeks, my unit does have a policy that we do for fetal demises, but we all have a memory box that we give patients, we do footprints, hand prints, locks of hair if available and photos, we also have recently since I have been there started working with a mortuary that will cremate the infants if families choose. I hope this helps in answering your question. A loss of a pregnancy at any GA is horrific for the family, we as nurses to remember compasion and give them tokens from that birth.
  5. by   Pamarylis
    Does anyone have a policy related to fetal demise and the amount of time allowed before the babies body must be in the morgue? We have one, but it seems unrealistic (1.5 hours). Thanks!
  6. by   LDRNMOMMY
    I have worked L&D at two different hospitals and in both places the policy stated that the mother decides when the baby goes to the morgue.
  7. by   ElvishDNP
    Ours is the same as above. Some babies never go to the morgue, and the family takes the remains home and buries them.
  8. by   hikernurse
    We let family decide when the baby goes to the morgue, too. Wow, an hour and a half isn't very long . I've had babies who have stayed with their families for an entire shift. If they are facing a lifetime without their child, a few hours seems a small enough gift to give them.
  9. by   Pamarylis
    Thank you for your responses!
  10. by   Persephone001
    Here's your chance to show "innitiative" and start a program yourself. This will look great to the big wigs at the hospital, will look great on your resume BUT ABOVE ALL this is your chance to really have a major positive impact on the lives of your patients and there familes! There will be a lot of work involved to get this going but if you really believe in it's importance then don't take no for an answer and don't let anyone block your way. Put together a game plan, make in organized and consistant, propose the plan to your supervisor after you have it all put together and then the next step if you get approval will be a meeting with your co-workers to put it into effect. Make sure you have everything planned out and organized as a finished project when you present it to your supervisor, lots of details and know your stuff otherwise it will just get put off. If your supervisor procrastinates or isn't on board, then keep going up the ladder. This is a great opportunity for you as a patient advocate.