Gaining charity status has enabled us to set out our aims and objectives for the future but more importantly it has allowed us to determine exactly what the money we raise is used for.
The Foundation offers many forms of support for Parents, Families and Friends following the loss of a baby to Stillbirth or Neonatal Death.
We provide Memory Boxes to the following hospitals:
- Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham
- Good Hope Hospital, Sutton Coldfield
- Birmingham Women’s Hospital
- UHCW (University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire)
- Warwick Hospital, Warwickshire
- City Hospital, Birmingham
- New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton
- Princess Royal Hospital, Shrewsbury and Telford
- The Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Daisy Hill Hospital, Northern Ireland
Our Memory Boxes provide much needed support for bereaved parents. They allow the parents to collect memories and precious items and store them. As a parent you want to protect your child; when you lose a child, you want and need to protect their memory.
Though sadly many stillbirths and early deaths are unavoidable, there is evidence that a significant number of stillbirths and perinatal deaths could potentially be prevented.
The care that parents receive around the time of a loss has a huge impact on their perception of what happened and on their ability to cope.
Good care can not remove the pain and devastation that the loss of a pregnancy or the death of a baby can bring, but insensitivity and lack of good care can and do make things worse.
Health care staff can do a great deal to ensure that the memories that parents take away with them are as positive as possible. However, many staff get little or no training on how to support and care for grieving parents and are likely to feel unprepared for this sensitive and challenging aspect of their work.