Infant Mortality

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 9 November 2022.

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Photo of Christopher Pincher Christopher Pincher Conservative, Tamworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the adequacy of (a) financial, (b) bereavement and (c) other support available to (i) mothers and (ii) fathers suffering baby loss.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women)

The Women’s Health Strategy set out a 10-year ambition to improve the care pathways for women and their partners who experience pregnancy loss. The Department continues to work across Government and the voluntary sector to consider how workplace support for women and partners can be improved.

In 2022/23, NHS England has provided £2.26 million to expand the number of staff trained in bereavement care and is deploying a National Bereavement Care Pathway to reduce the variation in the quality of bereavement care. In addition, we are addressing access to and quality of perinatal mental health care for mothers and their partners through expanding mental health hubs and introducing pregnancy loss certificates.

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