Brand new facilities created to help parents cope with the tragic death of an unborn baby will be unveiled at Leicester Royal Infirmary’s maternity unit tommorrow afternoon (Friday, June 26).
Labour MP for Leicester East Keith Vaz will unveil three new rooms - a bereavement delivery suite named ‘The Bracken Room’ and an overnight stay room called the ‘Clover Room’, both located adjacent to the delivery suite, as well as a new quiet room called ‘The Bluebell Room’ situated on the ground floor of the maternity Kensington Building.
The rooms have been designed as a calming and peaceful environment to create a home-from-home feel for parents and their families.
Melton baby loss support group Stephen’s Footprints has donated £1,000 of items including televisions with DVD players, toasters, electric kettles, crockery and cutlery and lots more to help comfort families making use of the new facilities. The donated items were bought thanks to donations made to the Melton group in memory of babies.
A picture of a bluebell wood has also been donated for one of the rooms by the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death (SANDS) charity.
The Leicester Baby Loss Appeal, co-ordinated by the Leicester Hospitals Charity, aimed to create a self-contained bereavement delivery suite within the birthing centre at the Leicester General Hospital and the Leicester Royal Infirmary, specifically for mums facing this difficult ordeal.
The appeal has now reached just over £300,000 thanks to huge support from hospital staff, individual donors and a number of Leicestershire companies, including a £161,000 grant from the Department of Health.
Debbie Adlerstein, from Leicester Hospitals Charity, said: “We have been very touched and overwhelmed by the support for this appeal from individuals, charities, community groups and businesses across our region.
“It has been a pleasure to work with our maternity departments who have shown they really care and understand about the importance of these facilities for mothers who experience such tragedy.”
To find out more or to make a donation call (0116) 2588531 or visit www.leicestershospitals.nhs.uk/aboutus/leicester-hospitals-charity/leicester-baby-loss-appeal