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Spotlight on baby loss and bereavement

07/08/2018

A special conference has been held – the first for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust – putting the spotlight on baby loss and bereavement.

 Healthcare professionals from across Scunthorpe and Grimsby hospitals attended the baby loss and bereavement care conference which was organised by Nick Kerry, the Trust’s bereavement midwife.

There were guest speakers from various charities including Beyond Bea, Remember my Baby and Our Angels. They are all bereaved parents who talked about their personal experiences of losing a baby.

Nick said: “The death of a baby is an event no parent ever forgets. It is a time of extreme pain and anguish, hopes and dreams are left in tatters and parents face a rollercoaster of emotions.

“The event showcased good practice in caring for women and their families from the moment they are told the bad news, to after the baby has been delivered. It is imperative we get this right as they will remember their experience for the rest of their lives.”

Staff from midwifery, gynaecology, children’s’ services, neonatal and accident and emergency were all in attendance at the event held at Grimsby’s St Andrew’s Hospice.

 As well as the guest speakers, Nick also launched the Trust’s new paperwork that she has developed to ensure families receive a seamless package of care.

Nick said: “It contains everything from guidance on how to break bad news, how to support families through baby loss, and how to create memories.”

There were also practical sessions during the day with delegates given a lesson in how to make hand and foot casts keepsakes for families.

Nick added: “The event was a fantastic success and I want to thank everyone who attended. Together we can make a difference for families who face the heartache of losing a child.”

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