info-for-families2If you are reading this site because you, or someone close to you, has suffered the loss of a baby – we offer our sincere condolences.

Deciding to go forward with a perinatal postmortem provides the opportunity to understand the reasons for this loss. We also understand this is a very painful time and a personal decision.

It is our priority to ensure all families are treated with respect and dignity. We will work together to understand your needs and answer any questions clearly.

We provide families with:

  • Family-focused care and consultation
  • Expert examination using the highest standards
  • Strict ethical standards of care

Our Care Coordinator helps support families and referrers to better understand the service. The service operates during business hours Monday to Friday. If you have a service enquiry outside business hours, please email our Care Coordinator who will be in touch the next available working day.

We have also developed this explanation sheet for families, which you can download here. (PDF 197.5KB)

Coronial and non-coronial postmortem

It’s important to know there are two types of postmortem examinations performed in NSW. These are called coronial and non-coronial.

Coronial postmortem: these are performed by forensic pathologists in the event of an unexpected or unexplained reportable death and at the request and direction of the NSW Coroner. For example: deaths in car accidents, homicide, suspicious deaths or unexplained deaths.

Non-coronial postmortem: these are typically carried out in hospital mortuaries by anatomical pathologists. These are usually done at the request of the family.

The NSW Perinatal Postmortem Service is for non-coronial post-mortem examinations carried out by paediatric anatomical pathologists.

Other support services

There are several helpful support services available to you during this difficult period. These include: