Mourning loss should be in a private, dignified setting, Norfolk hospital team says
Fundraising plans are in place for a new Maternity Bereavement Suite at Lynn’s hospital – something which has already been successful at another site in the county.
Just like the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, donations were sent to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) for a bereavement suite.
The NNUH opened this dedicated facility called the Meadow Suite in November 2019 allowing parents and family members who have lost a baby to have precious time together.
This has its own entrance and includes double bed and bathroom facilities, providing a private and quiet space to spend time as a family, with the opportunity to have baby by the bedside.
Such a facility is what the QEH bereavement team are publicly fundraising for, having been named the Lynn News Charity of the Year by readers in January.
The hospital has set a fundraising target of £185,000 in order to start building a soundproof and home-like facility which would be separate from the Waterlily Birth Centre where mothers are birthing.
Kari Kordtomeikel, a bereavement midwife at the NNUH explained why having a dedicated facility is so important.
She said: “When baby loss occurs the impact is devastating for women, their partners and the wider family, including grandparents.
“A designated room is needed so that when a mother loses a baby either suddenly at birth, or is having an induction of labour due to the baby dying in the womb, we can provide a room which is both clinically set up for the birth of the baby as well as provide a comfortable atmosphere where parents can mourn their loss in private in a dignified setting.
“Many parents wish to stay with their baby for some time using cuddle cots which cool the baby, and allow other members of the family to meet the baby in a quiet and private space.”
When designing the suite, NNUH bereavement staff consulted families from the Norfolk and Norwich Baby Bereavement Group for the colour schemes and artwork for the walls.
QEH bereavement midwife Sharon Younge previously told the Lynn News that their plans would also be factoring in details such as the artwork to make the new suite as homely and comforting as possible.
The QEH intend to include a single exit so people would not have to return through the delivery suite when leaving.
Both the NNUH and QEH have been backed up by national stillbirth and neonatal charity Sands, which has stated every hospital should have a dedicated bereavement facility for grieving families.
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/qehmaternitybereavementsuite