Trust marks Baby Loss Awareness Week with newly refurbished bereavement room

The Trust has marked Baby Loss Awareness Week with a newly refurbished maternity bereavement room, thanks to donations from Darcie’s Wish and Albie’s Football Challenge (via Sands). At a special event held at the Lister’s Diamond Jubilee Maternity Unit, staff and donors were joined by the Mayor of Stevenage, Councillor Pam Stuart.

Although the loss of a baby is a very rare event, the room provides women and their families with a quiet and comforting environment during what is a difficult time for all involved. A double bed and en-suite bathroom have been added, and the room has also been decorated to make it a more homely environment.

Above: Members of the Hewitt and Osborn family with Carolyn Fowler, deputy director of nursing (second left), Katie Chilton, head of midwifery (fourth left), the Mayor of Stevenage, Councillor Pam Stuart (fifth left) and Jacqui Hylton, the Trust’s bereavement midwife (third right). 

The Trust’s bereavement midwife, Jacqui Hylton, said:

“The loss of a baby is a very rare, but devastating event. It’s important that women and their families are given a private and quiet environment, so they can grieve and maybe begin to come to terms with what has happened. This is why we’re really grateful to Darcie’s Wish and Albie’s Football Challenge for their support in making the refurbishment of this room possible.”

Above: Lister’s new maternity bereavement room 

Kylie Osborn, one of the founders of Darcie’s Wish, said:

“Our charity supports bereaved families who have the painful task of saying goodbye to their babies whilst they’re at hospital. We hope the room will provide a private and comfortable environment for families to create memories with their babies before they have to say goodbye. Now the room has been officially opened, we would like to continue our support and help look after it.”

Bradley Hewitt, founder of Albie’s Football Challenge, said:

“We created Albie’s Football Challenge in 2014 and have held several football events, including a couple at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium, to raise money for local maternity units. We work with local hospitals’ to make sure they have the resources they need to help and support families going through an extremely difficult time. We have met a number of different people along the way who have had similar experiences and many of them now raise money with us.”