Understanding why your baby died may be the most pressing question you have. 

There are two key processes that might provide some answers. The first is a post mortem, a clinical investigation to understand what might have contributed to your baby's death. This is undertaken by a specialist pathologist, known as a perinatal pathologist. Only in rare cases is this undertaken without your consent and all parents should be offered the choice of whether they would like to consent or not to a post mortem on their baby.

The other important process is a hospital review of the care mother and baby received during pregnancy, labour and after birth if your baby died after birth. This is a part of standard NHS care and the death of any baby should be reviewed to understand events leading to, and around the death. 

You will find more detailed information about both

Post mortem

Review, investigation and complaints

FAQs for bereaved parents