In the UK, one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage and every day 17 babies are stillborn or die shortly after birth. The death of a baby is heart-breaking, for the parents, their wider family and for the staff who support them. The maternity bereavement service at Watford General Hospital has been running for eight years and works tirelessly to support families and helps them come to terms with their loss.
The maternity bereavement team have launched an appeal to renovate the bereavement room on the delivery suite at Watford General Hospital. Having somewhere quiet and comfortable to start to come to terms with the tragedy is so important at this sad time.
The renovated bereavement room will give families a comfortable space to spend as much time with their baby as possible as they prepare to say goodbye.
The funds raised will help to make the room more homely, with the provision of a double bed to allow parents to spend time together in the grieving process.
The renovated room will also provide a space where families can make themselves drinks and store food.
The image (left) shows a 3D view of what the new space will look like.
“We’d like to say thank you so much for helping us to improve the maternity bereavement room for our bereaved families, it will make such a difference.” Sam Behagg, lead bereavement midwife
How you can support your the maternity bereavement room appeal
If you would like to help, you can make a donation on the maternity bereavement room appeal JustGiving page. Or make a donation via the form below.