Maternity & Neonatal Network

Network.23 April 2015

Staff from hospitals around Ireland attending the event at the Ashling Hotel, Dublin, April 2015.

The Maternity & Neonatal Hospice Friendly Hospitals Network is a national network for healthcare staff who work in the area of pregnancy loss and infant death.

The aim of this network is to share information and advocate for improvements in end-of-life care and bereavement services.

All 19 maternity hospitals and units in Ireland are represented on this network as well as Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin & Temple St Children’s University Hospital.

The network is hosted by the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme. For more information please contact the HFH Programme or 01-6793188

Video resources

We’re Having a Baby 

Together for Short Lives has a new animation to help raise awareness of the support and services available to families caring for a child with a life-threatening or life-limiting condition.

The short film titled We’re Having a Baby aims to communicate the needs of families when they hear the news of their child’s diagnosis and also reassure families that there are specialist children’s palliative care services to support them. The film speaks to families who care for children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

The animation tells the story of a couple at a very exciting time in their life – they’re having a baby. The film describes the heart-breaking moment it all changed when they hear the news that their child has life-limiting condition. The devastating realisation that their child is likely to die before them leaves the couple feeling lost and alone. Although there is no cure for their child’s condition, the moving story goes on to explain that help is at hand for the family on their journey. They learn that with care, help and support they can find moments to savour and have a life together, no matter how short.

The Deafening Silence

A film commissioned by the charity Abigail’s Footsteps about stillbirth through the eyes of a mother. Aimed at midwives and any other staff that work in a maternity ward to help them better understand good and bad practice in relation to a stillbirth or neo-natal death.


Perinatal Hospice

Perinatal hospice and palliative care is a model of support for parents who find out during pregnancy that their baby has a life-limiting condition.

Maternity & Neonatal Network Event April 2015

The presentations from the network event which took place on Thursday 23 April 2015 at the Ashling Hotel, Dublin

HFH Network Event Summary. 23 April 2015

Agenda for Maternity & Neonatal Network Hospice Friendly Hospitals Event 23 April 2015


National Standards for Bereavement Care following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death

Overview of the Palliative Care Service at our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin

The experiences of mothers as they suppress lactation following late miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death

Information sharing from international conferences

Presentations from the 2014 International Perinatal Bereavement Conference are now available on CD from the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme office.

Previous Network Events

Network Event 3 July 2014

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Photo slideshow from 3 July 2014

 Workshop 16 October 2013

In October 2013 a specially designed workshop was hosted by The Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital, The National Maternity Hospital, The Rotunda Hospital & the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme.


Contact us

For more information please contact the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme

Tel: +353 (0) 1 6755971 or

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