Obtaining informed consent

Approaching families to obtain informed consent for perinatal post-mortem

Approaching the topic of post-mortem examination with bereaved parents can be challenging.

To assist in planning for this conversation, senior clinical and bereavement staff share their approach to the difficult but important topic of autopsy consent in the video below. If you watch the video, we would appreciate you providing some quick feedback via our survey.

Written information for families

The Women’s website provides information to help families with questions they may have following the death of a baby – see When a baby dies.

The Women’s also has a fact sheet to help parents better understand the post-mortem procedure and what is involved.

The fact sheet is available in eight languages and must be provided to parents prior to completing the consent form.