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The researchers at Cambridge University have published their paper, Petals: An assessment of the outcomes of a service for bereavement during childbirth, and will be presenting it at the Psychiatry Conference in Iseo, Italy this week.

Researchers Abi Magrill, Jonathan Rogers and Mark Agius have worked with Karen Burgess and one of our volunteers, Rosie Cole, to produce a paper which assesses the outcomes of the counselling support that we provide to bereaved parents.  It is recognised that their research was only limited by the amount of data that we were able to provide, because of the relatively short time that we have been providing the service.  As a result this is likely to be followed up with further research in the future.

The demand for our service is growing rapidly, and we can clearly see the benefits of the counselling, but with this kind of research we hope to be able to provide statistics which will help to prove the medical benefit of providing counselling to parents who have suffered the loss of their child.

Follow the link below to read the full paper:

http://www.petalscharity.org/wp-content/uploads/Petals-Dnb-26_S1-45_P9-2-1.pdf

Many thanks to all involved for their work on this.