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Maternity Services

Question for Department of Health

UIN 66830, tabled on 7 March 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the level of cold cot availability in maternity units across the NHS.

Answered on

13 March 2017

All bereaved parents should be offered the same high standard of care and support in an appropriate environment.

In 2016, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity, Sands, published Audit of bereavement care provision in UK maternity. The audit found that of the 69 trusts and health boards responding to the survey 91% reported that each of the maternity units they covered have access to at least one cold or cuddle cot.

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