EGA Institute for Women's Health







Professionals and


Of stillbirth, miscarriage, termination and neonatal loss through 

Respectful care and 



SUPPORT is a training course designed to equip health professionals to provide high quality bereavement care for parents who experience pregnancy loss. The course explores parents’ experiences, and the profound psycho-social impacts of perinatal loss and offers up to date evidence and practical tools for caring for them.


Open to: all healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, midwives, healthcare support workers and allied health professionals

Cost: £100 for doctors, £75 for midwives and other health professionals

Location: UCL, exact location tbc

About the course

This a multiprofessional UCL-led one-day training course.

The course looks at a range of areas impacting on the delivery of high quality bereavement care for all stages of pregnancy loss.

Join the course

Open to: all healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, midwives, healthcare support workers and allied health professionals.

Our next date is: Friday 3rd May 2024, 09:00 am - 17:00pm

Why attend?
  • Be inspired by expert speakers and gain new insights and skills in the delivery of high quality bereavement care.
  • Understand the parental journey through grief This course meets medico-legal training requirements for all clinicians undertaking discussion of post-mortem with parents.
  • This course meets the objectives of the RCOG Advanced labour Ward Practice ATSM for the safe management of ante-partum stillbirth.
  • Gain a global perspective of the impact of stillbirth.
Example timetable

Please note, adjustments are made to the timetable for each course, based on feedback from prior courses


Session 1: Overview & Understanding the burden of stillbirth

Evidence Based care around stillbirth The Global Burden of Stillbirth

Session 2: Parent experiences and grief reactions

Parent experiences – an opportunity to hear directly from parents about their experience of perinatal loss The psychological impact of stillbirth – delivered by Karen Burgess, founder and CEO of Petals Counselling charity Experiences of stillbirth – panel discussion

Session 3: Communication and postmortem consent

Break out sessions either discussing communication around stillbirth, or specialist bereavement care provision (targeted at more experienced healthcare providers or service leads) Postmortem consent

Session 4: Bereavement care in different situations

Specialist break out sessions and talks including: Miscarriage and early pregnancy loss, neonatal death, termination for fetal anomalies (in partnership with ARC), discordant fetal anomalies

Session 5: Staff care

What is staff care? Psychological safety for healthcare providers Reflections on the day

Feeback from previous course (November 2022)

Overall, this was an excellent day which I really enjoyed and I really hope you will continue.

It was really noticeable how passionate the course leaders are and this really makes a difference.

Valuable learning opportunity

Feel more confident about looking after bereaved families and PM consent.

Being a student, I am yet to start giving bereavement care autonomously but I feel much equipped and aware after the course.

It is obvious that it will be traumatising but having attended the course has in a way prepared me for the job.

This was an excellent study day. The content was great, the speakers were inspiring and passionate. There were many take homes but it also helped to give me confidence that in the areas I knew I am doing the right thing. Thank you! I was unaware of the support some of the charities provide for staff.

The content was great and I enjoyed having the multidisciplinary audience for different perspectives particularly in the break out rooms.

Yes. More confident to inform about diagnosis. It prompted me to get informed about bereavement services in my hospital.

From what I have learnt on the course, I feel less anxious  when supporting and providing care to bereaved parents The knowledge gained  from the specialist speakers, has given me confidence to give respectful care.

Nice to have met the team - very knowledgeable and care team

Feedback from previous course (November 2021)

The whole day was absolutely excellent. I will recommend any future courses highly to my colleagues.

I think this was an excellent course which should be attended by all O&G trainees, as we don't have any formal training on how to provide care/support to bereaved parents.

Great line-up of speakers and sessions, thoroughly enjoyed the day. Extremely informative and interesting - would definitely be keen to attend future courses.

I generally just feel much more confident in how to care for families who have suffered a bereavement.

It was very educative. The knowledge gained from the training has improved my confidence in providing care to grieving parents. I will feel more confident and comfortable participating in the provision of bereavement care in My practice as a result of the course.

Can disseminate knowledge learned during this course to colleagues to improve overall bereavement care throughout our unit.

Course organisers 

Co-leads: Prof Dimitrios Siassakos, Dr Bethany Atkins, Dr Zoe Moatt 

Organising Committee: Ellie Bird, Alice Howell, Sara Neiman, Natasha Sharman, Debra Virchis  

Course Administrator: Carla Logon-Bishop