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.
Downloads and Related Topics
Post mortem examination - an explanation for families
This information is for families whose baby has died at the Royal Women’s Hospital. While some of the information will be relevant to families elsewhere, not all hospitals follow the same procedures.
- Post mortem examination - an explanation for families