The care that parents receive following a loss cannot reduce their grief, but my main role as a bereavement midwife at UCLH is to support families during this very difficult experience. We are here to support families in remembering and honouring their baby and help guide them through the difficult requirements following such a devastating loss.

Families will often meet a lot of staff during their time at the hospital, which can be overwhelming, so I act as the point of contact between families and the hospital. We also ensure that families receive the support and care they may need after they go home. Families can always contact us and we also signpost them to all the amazing bereavement charities out there. Finally, we welcome all calls for improvements in maternity to save babies’ lives across the UK.

Babies who are taken too soon are in our thoughts all year round here at UCLH and we support those families affected by pregnancy and baby loss in raising awareness, sharing messages of remembrance, and coming together as a community to talk openly about grief and loss.

We are here for you. You are not alone.