Our impact feature: Baby bereavement suite

Lindsey Dolan (left) and Sam Behagg (right) – bereavement midwives

The death of a baby is heart-breaking, for the parents, their wider family and for the staff who support them. Having somewhere quiet and comfortable to talk through and start to come to terms with the tragedy is so important at this sad time.

Sam Behagg, the lead bereavement midwife, approached us and asked for help to improve the bereavement suite, and make it feel less clinical. We were honoured to grant £2,161 to fund a sofa bed, two comfortable chairs and a changing table. Thanks to the sofa bed, couples are now able to stay together and comfort each other, rather than partners having to sit on a hard plastic hospital chair at the clinical bedside. It also means that parents can spend some precious time with their babies in a homely environment.

“We’d like to say thank you so much for helping to improve the facilities for our bereaved families, and we look forward to working with you on making even more improvements in the near future. It makes such a difference.”

Sam Behagg, Lead bereavement midwife
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