Maternidade e luto: a memória de um filho não se enterra | Dani Bittar | TEDxBeloHorizonte

Maternidade e luto: a memória de um filho não se enterra | Dani Bittar | TEDxBeloHorizonte

Perinatal Loss and Its Impact

  • Over 2 million babies are stillborn each year, and up to 25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage in the first 12 weeks.
  • The death of a child can have a devastating impact on parents, leading to feelings of isolation, depression, and even divorce.
  • Hospitals and clinics often provide little or no support to families who have lost a child.

Need for Improved Bereavement Care

  • There is a need for more effective bereavement care in hospitals and maternity wards, including:
    • Training for staff
    • Implementation of safe and compassionate protocols
    • Ensuring that families are kept together and supported during the decision-making process and after the death of the baby

Societal Support and Empathy

  • Society needs to understand that losing a child is a significant and painful experience that deserves empathy and support.
  • Parents who have lost a child should be treated with respect and their grief should be acknowledged, regardless of the amount of time that has passed.
  • Talking about the loss and expressing emotions can help in the grieving process.

Comfort and Remembrance

  • Hospitals should implement practices to show empathy and provide comfort to grieving mothers, such as placing a rose on the door of the room instead of a death notice.
  • A photograph of a deceased child can be a source of comfort for the parents, even though it may be difficult to look at initially.
  • The "Coxa" group in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, provides support to grieving parents by creating memory collages and preserving mementos of the deceased child.


  • Grief for a lost child is unique and personal, and there is no set duration for the mourning period.
  • The video concludes by highlighting the enduring love for a lost child and the importance of acknowledging and supporting grieving parents.

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