Lighting up parts of the hospital, providing books for bereaved families and virtual services are just some of the things Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust is doing during this year’s Baby Loss Awareness Week.
Baby Loss Awareness Week aims to raise awareness about pregnancy and baby death in the UK. This year, the week is highlighting the isolation many people experience after pregnancy and baby loss – women, partners, other family members and friends.
The war memorial statue at Scunthorpe hospital and the clock tower at Grimsby hospital have been lit up blue and pink for the national week.
Virtual baby loss remembrance services for Scunthorpe and Grimsby are available on the Trust’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV4OcHpBVjIK5qNiBFK15yQ/videosRoger Clark spoke at the Scunthorpe service about the loss of his daughter Esme.
He said: “Esme was born on 3 November and passed away on 17 November 2017. She was my partner Bec’s first baby. The second anniversary of Esme’s death was even worse than the first.
“There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t think about Esme. There also isn’t a day that goes by where Esme’s love and fight doesn’t spur me on to be a better man. It is important to be able to talk about this and Baby Loss Awareness Week provides that support.”
Toni Newlove, specialist bereavement midwife, said: “Baby Loss Awareness Week is a very important for those families who have lost a loved one. As a Trust, we are doing a number of things to help support them. Part of my role is to provide support to bereaved families during the time following the death of their baby. I also provide extra support in my Rainbow Clinic if they become pregnant again as this is a very daunting and anxious time for them. We call it the Rainbow Clinic as their next pregnancies are classed as Rainbow babies.”
The Health Tree Foundation – the hospital’s official charity – has also funded books which are aimed at different age groups of children to understand why their sibling has died and help them through the bereavement process.
The charity has purchased three of each book and they are on Central Delivery Suite at Scunthorpe hospital and Blueberry Ward at Grimsby hospital.
Toni Newlove has made a basket of candles with her daughters. These are available for all staff to help themselves to (one per staff member) to take home and light during the global ‘Wave of Light’ event on Thursday (15 October) at 7pm.
At Scunthorpe hospital, the baskets are available for staff to collect on the Pregnancy Assessment Unit and on Blueberry Ward at Grimsby hospital.
For more information about Baby Loss Awareness Week, visit https://babyloss-awareness.org/