On 12th March 2018, the maternity team hosted a special event to officially open the newly refurbished Daffodil Room at St Peter’s Hospital.
The room is used for parents experiencing the devastating loss of a baby, through a later miscarriage, termination of pregnancy for fetal abnormalities, stillbirth or neonatal death.
The extensive refurbishment cost over £22,000 and was generously funded by the St Peter’s Hospital League of Friends and local stillbirth and neonatal death charity, Surrey Sands.
Bereavement Midwife Zara Chamberlain said: “Dealing with the loss of a baby is one of the hardest things families will ever face and caring for these families with dignity, respect, care, compassion and love is what we strive to achieve. The time that parents spend with their baby is short, so these memories really are priceless to many parents and we want to provide the best possible environment. The room has been transformed and looks so much better – thank you so much to our League of Friends and Surrey Sands for their support.”
The event was also attended by Mayor of Runnymede, Cllr Iftikhar Chaudhri, and by a special group of local knitters, who donate gowns, sleeping bags, blankets and teddies. They provide these items in sets of two – one for the baby to wear and one for the family to keep in their memory box.
Zara adds: “Our army of knitters provide a very special service; they help our families to make and keep precious memories. At such a terrible time it really does make a difference.”