1. What are the characteristics of bereavement care guidelines used for parents after perinatal loss in hospital and free-standing birth center settings described in the literature?
a. What are the reported measures of mental health outcomes for parents in studies addressing perinatal bereavement care in hospital and free-standing birth centers?
Please see note below regarding PCC
Please note, for this Scoping Review Protocol, we are using the PCC framework:
Participants for this review will include mothers or fathers, couples, partners, or parents who have experienced perinatal loss in a healthcare setting may be included in this review. Perinatal loss is operationally defined as encompassing loss due to miscarriage, stillbirth, and neonatal death. Participants can be from any country, ethnic group or race, any sexual orientation, and of any age or health status. Publications pertaining to family members other than parents, or perinatal loss occurring outside of a healthcare facility, will not be included.
The concept of interest is characteristics of bereavement care focusing on psychosocial support (e.g. mementos, rituals, multimedia materials, support group, etc.) provided to parents in a healthcare facility immediately following perinatal loss.
This review will consider sources of evidence from healthcare facilities globally where bereavement care was provided to parents after perinatal loss.