Presented by Dr. Margaret-Jane Evans B.Sc., MBChB., FRCPath (Paeds), LLM (Edin)
Measurable Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants should be able to…
1. Discuss what parents want to know about the post mortem process and to involve them in provision of accessible materials which address their concerns
2. Discuss the families’ concerns about their baby’s body being treated with dignity and respect
ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Dr. Margaret-Jane Evans B.Sc., MBChB., FRCPath (Paeds), LLM (Edin)
I have been employed as a consultant perinatal pathologist at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh since 2005 and am responsible for performing fetal and perinatal autopsies both for the hospital and the Procurator Fiscal. I firmly believe that detailed autopsy and placental pathology make a significant contribution to the understanding of stillbirth and neonatal deaths. I feel passionately about pathology involvement in the review of stillbirths and neonatal deaths and its ability to inform future care. I am concerned with issues regarding public perception of autopsy; with this in mind I have been involved in “out-reach” programmes aimed at educating young people and the wider public about the role played by pathology in the diagnosis of disease, including the development of suitable materials for engaging parents in discussion about autopsy and placental examination in order to ensure informed consent. I am also actively involved in developing new resources for health care messaging.