Commissioned reports / guidelines authored


HSE National Standards for Bereavement Care Following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death

The National Standards, launched in August 2016, defined the care parents and families should receive following a pregnancy loss or perinatal death in Irish maternity hospitals.  The National Implementation Group finalised it's two year programme of work in March 2019 within the National Women and Infants Health Programme.  This Group, led by Dr Keelin O’Donoghue and Ms Riona Cotter, consisted of a 14-member team of professionals from different healthcare backgrounds with expertise in perinatal bereavement care.

The National Implementation Group worked in collaboration with management teams and healthcare professionals from all 19 maternity hospitals in Ireland, as well as parent support groups / bereavement charities and parent representatives to ensure that all families who experience pregnancy loss or perinatal death will receive consistent compassionate care. The development of a National website, which will be used as a resource by bereaved parents and healthcare professionals alike, is the culmination of the two years’ work. The website “PREGNANCY ANDINFANT LOSS.IE” is expected to go live on …

View copies of the HSE National Standards for Bereavement Care following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death.




Other work by Dr Keelin O'Donoghue

  • Member, IOG Specialty Training Committee, RCPI, 2014-

  • Member, National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC), Perinatal Mortality Committee, 2014-

  • Member, Clinical Advisory Group, HSE National Women and Infants Health Programme (NWIHP), 2017-

  • Member, Executive Management Committee, HRB Mother and Baby Clinical Trials Network, 2017-

  • Executive Council Member, Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Ireland, 2018-

  • Founding Member of START, Southern Taskforce on Abortion and Reproductive Topics; 2018-

  • Member, Abortion Working Group of the National Women’s Council of Ireland; 2019-

  • Co-Chair, IOG Fetal Medicine Working Group, IOG, RCPI, 2019-

  • Member, National Screening Advisory Committee, Department of Health, 2019-

  • Member, RCOG Stillbirth Clinical Study Group, 2019-

  • Member, NWIHP TOP Clinical Advisory Forum, 2020-

  • Member, National Neonatal Encephalopathy Action Group, Work Stream 4 Mandatory Training, 2020--

  • Member, HIQA National Maternity Bereavement Experience Survey Programme Board, 2021

  • Chair, Letterkenny University Hospital Gynaecology Clinical Service Review: Oversight Group, 2020-

  • National Specialty Training Director, Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Ireland, 2020-

  • Clinical Lead for Guideline Development (Maternity and Gynaecology), NWIHP, 2021-



Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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Cork University Maternity Hospital, 5th Floor, Wilton, Cork, Ireland