George Eliot Hospital’s maternity team has been shortlisted for a national award in recognition of the support it gives to parents suffering the loss of their babies.
The Butterfly Awards is an annual event that recognises those who support and comfort people who have lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy or after birth. The George Eliot team has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Hospital Bereavement Service’ category.
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust is a small maternity unit that experiences approximately 1900 live births each year. Sadly, each year, the unit sees around 20 incidents of fetal losses during pregnancy and after birth.
The hospital was nominated for the award by Scot and Claire Barlow who have been fundraising for the maternity unit following the care they received after the loss of their 37-hour-old daughter Ariana who was born with the life-limiting condition of trisomy 18.
The “Ariana’s Hope” charity has raised funds to refurbish a special room in the Labour Suite. The unit also has a “cuddle cot” to allow parents more time to spend with their baby and offers memory boxes to bereaved parents. Two specially trained bereavement link midwives support parents through their tragic experience.
Alison Talbot, Head of Midwifery at the hospital said: “We are honoured to have been nominated for this award by Ariana’s Hope and thank them for their support. Most parents experiencing pregnancy loss want to cherish and remember their baby and our trained midwives do all they can to help and support them through a very sad time.”
The awards will be announced at a ceremony on 10 October in Worcester.
Anyone interested in voting to support the Maternity Team can visit http://www.thebutterflyawards.com/index.php/voting/userprofile/emmieloub1
For a 3 min video on George Eliot’s nomination visithttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=IQVb95b4sVg
For info on the butterfly awards visit www.thebutterflyawards.com