PLRG Research Activity
Research from the pregnancy loss research group has been presented at a wide variety of international conferences around the world. Members of pregnancy loss research group have also been involved in a large number of publications and reports, a selection of which are available below. Dr Keelin O'Donoghue has also been invited to speak at lectures and plenary talks in the UK and Ireland mainly in relation to the impact of stillbirth on both healthcare professionals and bereaved parents, causes and consequences of pregnancy loss and perinatal death and experience of pregnancy after loss.
As a collaborator in the global drive to reduce preventable stillbirth it was fitting that the PLRG was host of the award-winning International Stillbirth Alliance conference in UCC in 2017.
As a university research centre, the pregnancy loss research group also provides a valuable opportunity to support students and clinical staff in their research endeavours. A significant number of PhDs and MSc graduates have been completed since 2015, as well as a small number of clinical doctorates. The focus of the completed PhD theses has been on the impact of stillbirth on both healthcare professionals and bereaved parents, causes and consequences of pregnancy loss and perinatal death and experience of pregnancy after loss.
The PLRG in collaboration with other agencies such as NPEC have built upon work conducted at a national level and contributed to various national and international standards and guidelines. These include a Classification System for Causes of Stillbirths and Neonatal Deaths in Data-rich Settings and Global Stillbirth Bereavement Care Consensus. Dr O’Donoghue has also been the Clinical Lead for the HSE National Standards for Bereavement Care Following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death and led the national implementation of the standards which was completed in March 2019 following a two-year programme.