On Monday 12th March, 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 a special group of local knitters, who help by knitting 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.”
The Mayor of Runnymede, Cllr Iftikhar Chaudhri, also joined the event and spoke about his own experiences of sadly losing a baby 14 years ago. He said: “Our experience was heart-breaking but the staff at St Peter’s were wonderful at one of the hardest times of our lives. Coming here today and seeing this new room makes me so happy.”
Alan Gibbs and Phil Keeble from the Friends of St Peter’s Hospital cut the ribbon on the newly refurbished Daffodil room with, from LtoR: The Mayor of Runnymede, Cllr Iftikhar Chaudhri, Nursery Nurse Sarah Dunstall, Associate Director of Midwifery Jane Urben, Midwife Zara Chamberlain, Chief Executive Suzanne Rankin and Trust Chairman Andy Field.