North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (NCIC) is marking Baby Loss Awareness week by highlighting the support provided to women and families who are experiencing baby loss and the vital work of the specialist bereavement teams provide.
The Trust has two specialist bereavement midwives based at the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital, the midwives offer support and practical advice to parents who find themselves in the heart-breaking position of losing their baby.
And thanks to fundraising from families in Cumbria who have experienced baby loss, both sites now benefit from purpose made Bereavement suites, the Snowdrop suite at CIC and the Bluebell suite at WCH.
Families from Cumbria who sadly experienced the loss of a baby raised £20,000 to provide a dedicated bereavement suite at the West Cumberland Hospital. They did this to improve the support that was available to other families going through the same difficult situation as they did.
One family member said:
Kerry Pape, Specialist Bereavement Midwife at WCH explains:
The bereavement suite at WCH cost around £30,000 mainly down to the kind donations of local families alongside a regional charity called ‘For Louis’ based in Sunderland donated the remaining £10,000.
Janet Riley is the matron for maternity services at West Cumberland Hospital she said:
This year marks the 20th year of Baby Loss Awareness Week in the UK. It provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the impact of pregnancy and baby loss; the importance that bereavement support plays in the ongoing bereavement journey; and of the vital work that is needed to improve pregnancy outcomes.
Baby Loss Awareness Week culminates with the global “Wave of Light” on 15th October, which is a globally recognised event.
Everyone is invited to join other families across the world by lighting a candle at 7pm local time and leaving it burning for at least one hour to remember all babies that have died too soon.
A remembrance service will be held at Wednesday 12th October at 6PM at the chapel, Richardson Street, Cemetery, Carlisle. A service will also take place in November in Whitehaven.
You can also join the virtual Wave of Light, take a photo of your candle and post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #WaveOfLight
Bereavement suite provides vital support for families suffering baby loss
Published: 7 October 2022