Healthcare professionals experiences of grief and loss after neonatal death

Healthcare professionals experiences of grief and loss after neonatal death

What is this project about?

Healthcare professionals experiences of grief and loss following neonatal death

Healthcare professionals experiencing loss and grief in response to neonatal death is a subject largely overlooked within healthcare systems and research. Neonatal intensive care unit healthcare professionals regularly contend with neonatal death and this often involves strong emotional involvement as they aim to provide high quality bereavement care to bereaved parents and families.

The aim of this project was to improve supports available for staff experiencing grief and loss by exploring the experiences of neonatal intensive care nurses and consultant neonatologists providing end of life care and perinatal bereavement care.

This project was undertaken as part of the MSc Loss & Bereavement, a collaborative programme between the Irish Hospice Foundation and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

What is involved?

  • Qualitative interviews with healthcare professionals, including neonatal nurses and consultant neonatologists.

Who is involved?

Project team

Name Affiliation Role
Julianna Crowley Cork University Hospital and Cork University Maternity Hospital; Pregnancy Loss Research Group MSc Student
Professor Keelin O'Donoghue Pregnancy Loss Research Group Supervisor
Dr Mary McAteer RCSI/Irish Hospice Foundation; CARN (Collaborative Action Research Network); University of Galway Supervisor

Dissemination activities

Journal articles

  • Forthcoming.


  • Forthcoming.

Project status

Ongoing: October 2022 to December 2023

Further information

Please email:

Pregnancy Loss Research Group

Pregnancy Loss Research Group, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University College Cork, Fifth Floor, Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork, T12 YE02, Ireland,