The Maternity Wing at St Peter’s Hospital has been lit up in blue and pink over the past week to recognise Baby Loss Awareness Week, remembering those babies’ who have sadly died. This annual event provides the opportunity to support bereaved families and commemorate babies' lives, in addition to driving change and improvements in care and support.
Any baby loss is tragic and causes deep distress and pain for families. At St Peter's Hospital, we have several services available to provide vital care and support to families experiencing difficulties and loss in pregnancy at any stage. The Early Pregnancy Unit cares for women in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy and can provide support to those experiencing miscarriage. The labour ward has a bereavement suite known as the Daffodil Room which is situated furthest away from the main labour ward to give as much privacy as possible. It is a homely room with a sofa bed for parents where they can be helped to make memories of their precious baby if they wish.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a level three unit which means that care can be provided for the smallest and sickest babies’. Often babies’ are transferred to St Peter's in the neonatal ambulance from all over the UK for the specialised care they require.
Zara Chamberlain, Bereavement Midwife at St Peter’s hospital says; ‘Together we work as a team and always strive for change and improvements in care and support to give the best possible care at the most devastating time. Parents are able to access bereavement counselling and receive birth support in future pregnancies following a pregnancy loss.’
Anyone who may have been affected by pregnancy loss or who may like further information can contact:
For further information about the Maternity Unit at St Peter’s Hospital, please see our Social Media accounts;
- Twitter - @ASPH_maternity
- Facebook - Abbey Birth Centre & ASPH maternity
Pictured above: Abbey Wing at St Peter’s Hospital, lit in blue and pink