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Support for bereaved parents

Supporting you if you sadly lose your baby

Having a baby should be the most exciting time in your life. Unfortunately, a distressing reality is that a small number of babies sadly die during pregnancy, around the time of birth, or in the days following birth.

Our team at Morecambe Bay are committed to supporting those families who have suffered the loss of a baby in pregnancy or following birth.

In tragic situations such as this, everyone’s needs are very different so we will work with families to provide sensitive and compassionate care that is tailored to their needs - both individually, and as a family.

At Morecambe Bay we have two Bereavement Midwives - Becky and Celia - who will support you and your family throughout your time in hospital, and when you return home in the community.

Along with their midwife colleagues, Becky and Celia will help to guide you and your family on your bereavement journey with compassion, kindness, respect, dignity, and honesty.

They will also help you to create lasting memories with your baby, should you wish to.

Becky and Celia are an essential point of contact for families during this difficult, painful and emotional time. They provide a compassionate link between you and bereavement services, including supporting you and your family to organise funerals, register deaths, and explain any results and investigations as to why your baby has died.

They will also signpost you and your family for ongoing support and counselling services, if appropriate.

Becky and Celia also teach midwives and maternity staff, providing support and guidance for them to ensure they are updated with current guidelines and teaching practices. This work enables us to offer gold standard care to all women and their families.

Remembrance services are held in Lancaster and Barrow each year for anyone who has lost a baby.

For more information on the Bereavement Services offered within Maternity Service, please contact: bereavement.midwives@mbht.nhs.uk

Rebecca Bleackley, Bereavement Midwife for Furness General Hospital, telephone: 07815 602537, email: rebecca.bleackley@mbht.nhs.uk

Celia Sykes, Bereavement Midwife for Royal Lancaster Infirmary, telephone: 07584 508089, email: celia.sykes@mbht.nhs.uk

There are many supportive organisations and charities who provide further support and information:

Tigerlily Trust www.tigerlilytrust.co.uk

Bluebell Foundation www.bluebell.org.uk

The Miscarriage Association www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity www.uk-sands.org

Three support groups are also run by the bereavement midwives, and Val from local charity Tigerlily every month. Please visit the Tigerlily Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/TigerLilyTrust/