The Bereavement Team based in the maternity unit at Royal Preston Hospital were delighted to accept a generous donation of books aimed at supporting families who are faced with the loss of a pregnancy, baby loss or sadly the loss of a baby shortly after birth.
The team received a generous donation of £468.60 from the Governor Patient Experience Fund allowing them to purchase a range of books for parents who unfortunately experience the pain and grief of losing their baby through pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth or within the neonatal period.
Claire Braithwaite, Bereavement Midwife, explains: “We rely entirely on the generosity of donations from patients and charities, and we couldn’t provide the support we do without the funding we get from donations. That support includes the memory boxes that we supply to families to help them make memories with their baby, and the specialist books to help them understand and come to terms with their loss.
“The books we’ve been able to purchase from this kind donation really do make a big difference to families. Our role as a bereavement team is to support our families through this devastating situation. Anything that we can do to support them or to make this situation that little bit easier we will do. The books that we’ve purchased have been written by families that have their own personal experience on pregnancy or baby loss, and families may take comfort from knowing that others have gone through a similar experience and support is out there. The books also help parents explain the loss to siblings and other family members.
Feedback from families has been overwhelmingly positive and the team cannot thank the Governor Patient Experience Fund enough for their kind donation.