In this section
It is very common for parents to worry that
their child will be in pain or distress. We will ensure your baby is kept comfortable and there
are plenty of medications that can help with this. We will also support
you to soothe and comfort your
baby through non-medical means including holding, singing to your baby and
providing gentle touch. Your baby will likely be able to hear your voice and
feel your touch. Some parents worry that they will not be ‘strong enough’ to
support their baby. Our experienced staff will be there to support you during
this difficult time.
medical team will try to give you an idea of how long it may take for your baby
to die depending on your baby’s medical condition. This will only be an
estimate – the actual time may be shorter or longer than you anticipate.
of the time death is very peaceful. You will notice that your baby will have a
number of physical changes. Your baby will become progressively cooler to
touch. Their skin may become pale, mottled or even appear bluish in colour.
Your baby’s breathing rate will become slower and often more irregular.
Sometimes your baby may appear to gasp. Although this may appear distressing to
you it will not be distressing to your baby. Your care team will discuss in
more details what to expect and provide a plan of how your baby’s symptoms will
be managed to ensure your baby’s comfort.
cases you will be able to spend as much time as you like with your baby after
he or she has died. You should take your time to say your goodbyes. Sometime
families may wish to take their baby home with them. A special cot can be
loaned to families to assist this process. Please speak to a staff member if
you are interested in this possibility.
families worry about the practical considerations including arranging a
funeral. Our Social Workers can explain the processes involved and can also make
referrals for bereavement care.