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Going through the loss of a pregnancy is difficult at any time, but it can be made much worse when the news has to be broken in a busy, clinical environment. Previously, the Gynaecology Assessment Unit here at RPH incorporated an Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit, which consisted of just two clinical rooms, and lacked comfort and privacy - it was a far from ideal place to break bad news to families. Following an application from Gynaecology Matron David Styles, Baby Beat have funded the development of a special pregnancy loss counselling room, at a cost of just under £8,000.
The room was converted from an existing refreshment bay that was no longer required, and the new space was developed with the wellbeing of the parents at the forefront of the plans. The new room allows women and their partners a safe, calming space to grieve their loss, receive counselling, and discuss their next steps. Matron David Styles described the development of the room as ‘vital’ in allowing parents the time to come to terms with their loss, adding; “The department can see around 40 patients a day and only had two clinical rooms. This room is a much needed addition to provide a calm environment to the women and their partners.”
Thank you to all of our donors, volunteers and fundraisers for making this development possible, to make such a difference for families who suffer the loss of a baby through miscarriage.
If you’d like to show your support for families suffering a bereavement, you could get involved in Baby Beat’s Baby Loss Awareness Week activities – take a look at www.babybeat.org.uk to see just how you could join us, and help make a difference.