Care for the parents and siblings of stillborn children

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Having a stillborn child can have extensive and long-lasting psychosocial consequences for the woman and the family, with an increased risk of depressive symptoms and impaired relationship within the family. The care of families can be important for how their grief develops. However, the care is to some extent different in the country.

Stillbirth is defined in Sweden as the birth of a child who does not show signs of life after 22 full-term weeks of pregnancy. In Sweden, 3-4 children per 1,000 births are affected.


The project aims to evaluate the scientific support regarding the care of parents and siblings of stillborn children. It is a government assignment that must be reported to the Ministry of Social Affairs no later than 31 December 2022. The results will support National Board of Health and Welfare's development of recommendations regarding the care of families experiencing stillbirth.

Planned to be published: Quarter 4, 2022 Registration no: SBU 2021/219

Project group


  • Carina Berterö, Professor, Linköping University
  • Ingegerd Hildingsson, Professor, Uppsala University
  • Margareta Persson, Associate Professor, Umeå University
  • Josefin Sveen, Associate Professor, Uppsala University


  • Nathalie Peira, Project Manager
  • Rebecca A  Silverstein, Assistant Project Manager
  • Maja Kärrman Fredriksson, Information Specialist
  • Anna Attergren Granath, Project Administrator
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