The Good Stillbirth

Murphy, Sam (2014). The Good Stillbirth. In: Canadian Sociological Association Annual Meeting 2014, 26-30 May 2014, Brock University, St Catherines, Canada.


While no stillbirth is ever good, I argue here that health professionals should aspire to make the event as ‘good’ as it can be. This can be achieved, not through rigid adherence to a set of guidelines, but by working towards a concept which can be suited to an individual. The ‘good stillbirth’ is one where women and their families will be allowed choice over their birthing experience and thus control over the whole experience as well as a high standard of care. In arguing this I draw upon ideas around humanised birth (Wagner, 2001 ) and palliative care guidelines which seek to ensure good end-of-life care.

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