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Honeysuckle Bereavement Leaflets

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  • Honeysuckle Team - General Patient Information Leaflet

    The leaflet is detailed below, or you can download the 'Honeysuckle Team - General Patient Information Leaflet' leaflet in PDF.

    The Honeysuckle Team are the dedicated baby bereavement team at Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust. The team consists of 2 bereavement support midwives, Marie Kelleher and Pauline McBurnie, and a bereavement support admin officer, Sarah Martin.

    The Team’s office is open Monday – Friday 8am-4pm, you are welcome to contact them either by phone 0151 702 4151 or email honeysuckle@lwh.nhs.uk

    The Honeysuckle team are very sorry for your loss, we do not wish to be intrusive at this sad time but we would like you to know that we are here to offer support and advice where we can.

    We can offer you and your family practical advice and information, help explain some of the formalities involved and guide you through the choices you may face during this difficult time.

    Although we do not offer formal counselling we are here if you wish to talk as it may be helpful to talk with someone outside of the family setting. We can provide you with contact details for outside agencies that specialise in bereavement counselling in your local area.

    The Honeysuckle Team run a monthly support group for parents and grandparents, with guest speakers, a library of books, craft table and refreshments provided.

    The support group normally meets on the first Tuesday of the month between 6pm and 8pm at

    Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust –please contact the Honeysuckle Team to confirm upcoming meeting dates. Please note due to current restrictions in regards to Covid-19 support group meetings are being held virtually – please contact The Honeysuckle Team for more information.

    The Honeysuckle Team are active on social media. We have our own Facebook page Honeysuckle Bond and two private closed Facebook pages one for families and one for Dads who have suffered the loss of a baby.  To join one of the private groups, request to join Honeysuckle Community Page or Honeysuckle Dads Group.

    The Honeysuckle Team arranges an annual remembrance service in October during Baby Loss Awareness Week https://babyloss-awareness.org/  for all families to remember their babies. We will publish details of our service on Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust website and social media pages.

    Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust has a special remembrance garden located in the courtyard behind main reception. Within the garden there is a metal love lock tree where families have placed special locks in memory of a loved one. If you would like to order a lock please visit 4Everlocks website - http://www.4everlocks.co.uk/shop/  Please note due to current restrictions in regards to Covid-19 you are unable to visit the garden unless you have a pre-existing appointment at the hospital.

    Contact Details for Honeysuckle Team

    marie.kelleher@lwh.nhs.uk – 0151 702 4151

     

    pauline.mcburnie@lwh.nhs.uk – 0151 702 4151

     

    sarah.martin@lwh.nhs.uk – 0151 702 4151

     

    Facebook – search Honeysuckle Bond or request to join our closed groups Honeysuckle Closed Community Group or Honeysuckle Dads Group.

    Twitter - @honeysucklelwh

     

    Helpful organisations

     Liverpool Bereavement Services – provides counselling support in Liverpool for all gestations – 0151 236 3932

     

    Love Jasmine – provides counselling support in Liverpool for over 22 weeks gestation –  0151 459 4779 /
    enquiries@lovejasmine.org.uk

     

    Child Bereavement UK 0800 028 8840

     

    Child Death Helpline 0800 282 986 / 0808 800 6019

     

    Children of Jannah 0161 480 5156

     

    The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust 020 7733 2653

    ept@ectopic.org.uk

     

    The Miscarriage Association 01924 200 799

    info@miscarriageassociation.org.uk

     

    Muslim Bereavement Support Service 020 3468 7333

    info@mbss.org.uk

     

    SANDs

    Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity 020 7436 5881

    helpline@uk-sands.org

     

    TAMBA

    Twin and Multiple Birth Association

    0800 138 0509

    asktwinline@tamba.org.uk

  • Lactation after Loss

    The leaflet is detailed below, or you can download the 'Lactation after Loss' leaflet in PDF.

    We are very sorry that your baby has sadly died. One of the most distressing physical symptoms following the death of your baby can be breast pain and the production of breast milk. This leaflet aims to provide you with information on how to stop your breast milk production, with some practical advice to help ease the physical symptoms of breast engorgement that you may experience during this difficult and emotional time.

    Natural Milk Production

    The amount of milk produced in the breast will vary from person to person, and will reduce naturally over a period of time. If breastfeeding has already been established, your breasts may continue to produce milk for some time.

    It is extremely important not to abruptly stop the production of milk if breastfeeding has already been established, as this may increase the risk of severe breast engorgement and mastitis.

    Engorgement

    Engorgement is when the breasts become swollen, firm and painful. It can happen between 2-5 days after the death of your baby. Your breasts can leak milk and feel uncomfortable for up to 7-14 days. 
This can settle on its own. If severely engorged, your breasts can become hard, shiny, warm and slightly lumpy to touch. Breast engorgement actually helps to suppress the production of breast milk. However, painful breast engorgement is not necessary and can be avoided.

    Mastitis

    Mastitis is inflammation of the breast, which, if left untreated, can develop into a more serious infection. Symptoms include:

    • red, swollen area on the breast that is hot and painful to touch
    • breast lump or area of hardness on the breast
    • white or blood stained nipple discharge
    • flu-like symptoms including fatigue, chills, fever

    If you display any of these symptoms it is recommended that you contact your midwife, health visitor or GP as antibiotic treatment may be required.

    Relieving Symptoms of Engorgement

    There are a variety of methods that can be used to reduce milk production including prescribed medication and a milk reduction routine. These are a few suggestions to help relieve engorgement

    • Take regular pain relief
    • Wear a support bra all the time
    • Use breast pads to absorb leaking milk
    • Use cold compresses or gel packs on the breasts
    • If your breasts feel very full, hand express a small amount off for comfort
    • Apply washed and chilled cabbage leaves to the breasts
    • Have a warm bath or shower to allow the breasts to leak naturally (ensure shower water jets are not directly on the breasts)
    • Sleep in a semi upright position to avoid pressure from heavy breasts

    If You Need To Hand Express

    To hand express, hold your breast with your fingers a few inches back from the areola (the dark part around the nipple). Push your hand back toward the chest wall, and then roll your fingers forward toward the nipple, taking care not to slide your fingers over the skin

    Reducing Your Milk Supply

    If you were expressing regularly for a premature or ill baby you will need to gradually reduce the amount of breast milk produced.  This can be done through increasing the time between hand or pump expressing, over a few days and eventually coming to a stop. We would suggest the following

    Day 1 Pump each breast for 5 minutes every 4-5 hours

    Day 2 Pump each breast for 3-5 minutes every 6 hours

    Day 3 Pump each breast just long enough to relieve discomfort

    Medication

    Cabergoline (Dostinex) prevents / suppresses milk production by blocking the hormone that is secreted to produce milk. It should be used alongside a milk reduction routine. The dose of Cabergoline is 0.25 mg twice a day for two days. Your midwife or GP will be able to arrange this.

    Milk Donation

    Not every woman wants to stop lactating at this difficult time, and there is the option of donating your milk to the UK National Milk Bank for it to be used to treat premature and sick babies.

    Tel: 020 838 33559   www.ukamb.org

    The Funeral

    Around the time of your baby’s funeral is going to be highly emotional.  This unfortunately can affect your milk production and you may experience engorgement even though you thought things were settling down. If possible, sit down and support your breasts with your arm. Let people know not to hug you too hard if your breasts are painful.

    Local Support

    It is important that you are supported through your bereavement.  The hospital has a dedicated bereavement team called The Honeysuckle Team. Please contact the team on 0151 702 4151 / email honeysuckle@lwh.nhs.uk or search Honeysuckle Team on Facebook.

     

    National Support

     

    Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity

    www.uk-sands.org

    Helpline: 02074365881

     

    Child Bereavement UK

    http://www.childbereavementuk.org/

    Tel: 0800 0288840

     

    Winston’s Wish

    www.winstonswish.org.uk

    Helpline: 0845 030405

    General enquiries: 01242 51

    5157

     

    Childhood Bereavement Network

    www.childbereavementnetwork.org.u

    Tel: 020 7843 568900

     

    Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

    Your local PALS team is available to help with any of your comments, compliments or concerns and will ensure a prompt and efficient service.

     

    Please ask your midwife or the neonatal nurse that was caring for your baby for details

     

     

  • Post Mortem Examination – Local Information for Families

    The leaflet is detailed below, or you can download the 'Post Mortem Examination – Local Information for Families' leaflet in PDF.

    The Honeysuckle Team are the dedicated baby bereavement team at Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust. We are very sorry for your loss and would like you to know that we are here to offer support and advice where we can.

    There are 2 bereavement support midwives within the team: Marie Kelleher and Pauline McBurnie; please contact them should you have further questions. The Team’s office is open Monday–Friday 8am-4pm, you are welcome to contact them either by phone 0151 702 4151 or email

    honeysuckle@lwh.nhs.uk  

    The Honeysuckle Team have devised this leaflet to provide you with local information in regards to post mortem (PM) examination for babies.

    What is a post mortem?

    A post mortem (also called an autopsy or PM) is the medical examination to help understand any factors that might have contributed to a baby’s death.

    Unless it has been ordered by a coroner a post mortem examination cannot be done without parental consent. Post mortems on babies are undertaken by specialist doctors, known as a paediatric or perinatal pathologist.

    In order for you to consent to a PM you also need to read SANDS Bereavement Support Book– there is a section called understanding why your baby died. This section provides information regarding PM - enabling parents to make an informed choice. If you have not been given the booklet and would like a copy please advise the midwife, nurse or doctor caring for you or you may wish to access this information using the following ink: https://www.sands.org.uk/sites/default/files/Sands%20-%20Understanding%20why%20your%20baby%20died.pdf

    One you have agreed to a PM – The doctor or specialist Bereavement Midwife trained in PM consent will discuss this further and complete a consent form with you.

    If you have consented to PM your baby will come into the care of The Honeysuckle Team.

    Where will the post mortem take place?

    The post mortem examination will be carried out at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital (AHCH). The Honeysuckle Team will facilitate the transfer of your baby to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital using their dedicated driver. Please know your baby will be treated with the utmost care and respect while in the care of The Honeysuckle Team and the pathology team at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

    Once the examination has been completed, your baby will be transferred back to the care of The Honeysuckle Team at Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust (LWH) by the driver, alternatively you can arrange for a funeral director to collect your baby and take your baby into their care.

    The Honeysuckle Team will keep you up to date of your baby’s journey should you wish to know.

    How long do parents have to wait until baby’s body is released?

    A baby whose parent has consented to PM would usually be transferred to AHCH and returned to LWH within around 72 hours. The Honeysuckle Team will inform you when your baby has left and returned into our care should you wish to be informed.

    When will I receive the results?

    The results from the examination can take up to 16 weeks to come through from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

    If your baby was delivered following a miscarriage, an appointment will be made for you to meet with your Gynaecological consultant to discuss the results.

    If your baby was stillborn, an appointment will be made for you to meet with your Obstetric consultant to discuss the results.

    If your baby died on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), an appointment will be made for you to meet with a Neonatal consultant. If your baby was born at Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust, your obstetric consultant may also attend the appointment.

    Your follow up appointment will likely take place within The Honeysuckle Team’s office,  on the ground floor of Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust – a letter will be sent out to you to confirm the appointment details.

    This leaflet can be made available in different formats on request. If you would like to make any suggestions or comments about the content of this leaflet, then please contact the Patient Experience Team on 0151 702 4353 or by email at pals@lwh.nhs.uk

  • Sharing funeral details with others

    The leaflet is detailed below, or you can download the 'Sharing funeral details with others' leaflet in PDF.

    When you are suffering the early stages of bereavement it is natural to want friends and family close by for comfort. You may find the funeral service particularly isolating and that loved ones will find not attending the service and not being able to comfort you particularly difficult too.  This leaflet has been devised to suggest ways you can all feel more connected.

    Share the funeral details

    Inform friends and family of the date, time and place of the funeral. This will enable them to mark the time in their own way wherever they are, which may help them in their grief and, knowing they are doing so, could be of comfort to you. You may want to ask them to wear a certain colour or at least one item of a certain colour if you are doing so. You could also tell them of any music or readings you have chosen so they can try accessing them too.

    Webcasting

    Find out if it’s possible to ‘webcast’ the service. This means the service would be filmed and you would be able to provide login details to others so they could watch it live online or for a limited period of time after the service. Please note, there will likely be a fee for this. Ask your funeral director for more information on webcasting.

    Live video call 

    If webcasting isn’t available at the crematorium ask if someone who will be attending or your funeral director if they can ‘stream’ it live on their phone or iPad/tablet, for example by using a video call on WhatsAppFaceTimeSkype or Zoom.

    Personal video

    Ask if someone who will be attending or your funeral director if they can record the service on their phone. Check how much storage space you have left on your phone beforehand as videos use up quite a lot of space. You can then share the video with others or play at a later date if you decide to have a memorial service in the future.

    Connect with others 

    After the service, you may choose to call, text or email those would have attended the service to share with them how the service went. You may wish to share any readings that were said or the order of service if you opted to have one.

    This information in this leaflet is to help you on the day of the funeral, remember you can also look at holding a memorial service at a future date.  This could be a way for all your friends and family to come together and remember.

     

  • What if I cannot attend the funeral service?

    The leaflet is detailed below, or you can download the 'What if I cannot attend the funeral service' leaflet in PDF.

    What if I cannot attend the funeral service?

    Information Leaflet for Patients, Friends and Family

    Families may find it difficult to honour their loved one in circumstances where they are not able to attend the funeral service – this leaflet has been devised to suggest ways you can still participate in the service without actually attending.

    Prior to the Funeral

    If you are unable to attend a funeral service due to current social distancing restrictions you may wish to write a letter or prepare a drawing/painting as a way of saying goodbye.

    If possible, you could ask the funeral director for it to be placed in the coffin. 

    If you are not able to get a handwritten note to the funeral director, emailing or texting it to them to print out or sending them a photograph to print out is another option.

    If you are unable to attend a funeral service you may wish to mark the day of the funeral in some away or hold a memorial service at a future time – you may even like to do both.

    Marking the Day of the Funeral

    Confirm the date and time of the funeral. If you live with other people, tell them what you are planning for that day and time. If you wish, you could ask them to be with you for comfort and to have someone speak or share a reading/poem/prayer.
     
    If you have contact with other friends or family who also cannot attend, arrange a time to speak with them on the day.

    Tell those who will be attending the funeral service what you have planned. It could be a comfort to them to know that other people are thinking of them and remembering with them.

    For those who feel comfortable with technology, you could even have a virtual service again via WhatsAppFaceTimeSkype or Zoom. These apps have group call options, either with just audio or video. Some are available through a web browser on a laptop or computer and some need you to download an app on a phone. Be aware that some may have call time limits if using them for free, like Zoom which is 40 minutes.

    Your Environment

    Decide where in your home or garden you would like to be - somewhere you feel comfortable and which best allows you to remember and reflect.

    You may want to choose a spot to have as a focal point, in particular if you are communicating with others. So for example you may want to sit at a table and have photos, mementos or candles on show.

    You may choose to dress as you would if you were going to the funeral to help you mark it as a specific moment rather than any other day. You may opt to wear a certain colour or at least one item in a certain colour – this is a way of connecting to others on the day.

    You may want to light a candle, if you have one.

    You may want to play a certain song or piece of music. You will more than likely be able to find on Spotify or YouTube for free or buy it on iTunes.

    Poems, extracts from books or prayers are often read at funerals. You can still choose a reading and share it, or write something yourself, you may find it easier to write this as a letter.

    Some people (in particular children), find drawing or painting as a good way of expressing emotions. You may want to complete any drawings/paintings prior to the day of the funeral so these can be displayed.

    Give yourself time and space to remember – you may not want to write something or to read out anything and that is absolutely fine. You can always just take some time to sit with your thoughts and memories, or even to talk to them in your head.

    These are a few ideas – you may think of others or have your own cultural rituals that you would like to follow. You must do whatever feels right for you – there are no rules.

      

    This leaflet can be made available in different formats on request. If you would like to make any suggestions or comments about the content of this leaflet, then please contact the Patient Experience Team on 0151 702 4353 or by email at pals@lwh.nhs.uk

  • Care of pregnancy remains and memory making opportunities - Pregnancy loss under 16 weeks gestation Information Leaflet

    The leaflet is detailed below, or you can download 'Pregnancy loss under 16 weeks gestation' leaflet in PDF. 

    The Honeysuckle Team are the dedicated baby bereavement team at Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust. We are very sorry for your loss; please accept our sincere condolences at this very sad time.

    If you require support or would like to speak to somebody, the Honeysuckle Team’s office is currently open Monday – Friday 08:00 – 16:00, during these hours you can contact the team via telephone 0151 702 4151 or email honeysuckle@lwh.nhs.uk.

    We have designed this leaflet to ensure that you and your family are fully aware of the choices available and the formalities involved at this difficult time.

    Please note: Following pregnancy loss you may pass a recognisable baby or fetus, perhaps still in the pregnancy sac or you may pass large clots which contain your pregnancy.  The nurse / midwife will offer you appropriate memory making opportunities, however your options with regards to the care of pregnancy remains remain the same.

    Options for the care of pregnancy remains

    When a baby is born under 24 weeks gestation and shows no signs of life, there is no legal requirement to have a funeral. The following section discusses the choices available to you.

    Following pregnancy loss under 16 weeks gestation you will be asked to complete a consent form for care of pregnancy remains.

    The term ‘pregnancy remains’ is used throughout the consent form for consistency in reference to cases of pregnancy loss up to and including 23 weeks and 6 days gestation. This consent form has been devised in accordance with Human Tissue Authority guidance.

    There are 3 options that you can decide between to honour your baby, which are detailed below:

    Communal Cremation

    With your consent the Honeysuckle Team can organise a communal cremation. A communal cremation is when 12 babies are put into their own boxes and cremated together at Springwood crematorium.  Later that day the ashes are scattered in a nearby baby garden of remembrance. Please note if you sign consent for communal cremation and wish to be provided with more information you must contact The Honeysuckle Team within 14 days of signing the consent form. Please be rest assured that your baby will be looked after and that the communal cremation is carried out in a dignified and respectful manner.

    Arranging burial or cremation via a funeral director

    It is possible to arrange an individual funeral for a pregnancy loss at any stage of pregnancy. Some families decide that they want to honour their baby’s memory by arranging an individual burial or cremation.

    As the hospital does not arrange individual funerals, you will need to approach and appoint a local funeral director. The Honeysuckle Team are able to provide you with advice and guidance.  Most funeral directors in the local area do not charge any fees when making arrangements for a baby or child’s funeral – please ask when you are speaking with the funeral director. 

    Please note if you sign consent to make arrangements with a funeral director you need to make your arrangements within 12 weeks of signing the consent form.  If you have not contacted a funeral director or The Honeysuckle Team within this time a communal cremation will take place in accordance with Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust procedures.

    Please ask the funeral director to contact The Honeysuckle Team on 0151 702 4151 to make arrangements for bringing your baby into their care.

    Taking pregnancy remains/baby home from the hospital under 16 weeks gestation where baby has not shown signs of life

    You can take your pregnancy remains/baby home with you and make your own arrangements.

    Some families decide to take their baby’s remains home from the hospital to bury in a planter with flowers or a plant in the garden; this is a personal choice and there are no regulations to prevent you doing whatever feels right for you.

    There are certain requirements that need to be met. It is advisable to think carefully about what you will do with your pregnancy remains/baby and consider any associated restrictions which might exist, for example in relation to burial on a home property. For further guidance please visit https://www.hta.gov.uk the local Environmental Health Department. The Environment Agency is also a good source of advice on this matter.

    The nurse / midwife caring for you will provide you with a letter about your miscarriage and your request to take home your pregnancy remains/ baby.

    If you are undecided about what arrangements you wish to be carried out or wish to contact  The Honeysuckle Team for support please do so during their office hours Monday - Friday 8am – 4pm on 0151 702 4151 / honeysuckle@lwh.nhs.uk 

    If you do not make a decision or fail to adhere to the decision consented to at the time of discharge, The Honeysuckle Team will attempt to contact you, if no contact is made within 8 weeks following discharge we will make arrangements for disposal by communal cremation in accordance with Human Tissue Authority (HTA) guidance.

    This information has been developed using guidance from The Human Tissue Authority.

    https://www.hta.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Guidance_on_the_disposal_of_pregnancy_remains.pdf

    Please note when a pregnancy loss occurs under 12 weeks gestation and  histopathology testing has been requested, if no fetal tissue is identified, Royal Liverpool University Hospital can make arrangements for respectful disposal of the remaining tissue according to their standard procedure.

    When fetal tissue is identified microscopically, its presence is commented on within the pathology report, but as this is embedded in a paraffin block and part of the diagnostic record, this is not returned unless a patient specifically asks to have the blocks and slides returned.

    Making memories

    The Honeysuckle Team are passionate about promoting positive memories for families experiencing pregnancy loss.

    This section discusses various ways in which you can make memories of your pregnancy and honour the memory of your baby. Your nurse / midwife will support your choices for memory making.

    If your baby died before birth and had not completed 24 weeks of pregnancy (legally described as a miscarriage), their death cannot be officially registered. 

    Acknowledgment of life certificates are available for anyone who experiences a pregnancy loss under 24 weeks. These are provided in the memory boxes. If this is something you would like please ask the nurse / midwife caring for you who can provide this, alternatively should you wish to make your own you can download a template from SANDS website www.sands.org.uk

    Memory Box

    Your nurse / midwife should offer you a memory box, if you have not been given one please ask the staff looking after you. The box is a special place for keepsakes to remember your baby and pregnancy. This could include a scan picture, where possible, photographs, hand and foot prints, or any cards that you might receive. For babies born very early it may not always be possible to take hand and foot prints but you may still like to have a box for other memories. A memory box can help you acknowledge your grief and talk about your pregnancy / baby with family and friends.

    Blessing

    A short blessing or naming ceremony can be arranged while you are in hospital. LWH has an on call chaplaincy team who can provide this service. Ask your nurse or midwife to make contact with the chaplaincy team. If the chaplaincy team are not available another staff member at the hospital can conduct a blessing on their behalf – your nurse or midwife will support you with this.

    Memorial Book

    There is a book of remembrance located in the chapel at LWH. If you would like your baby’s name to be added to the book please email our hospital chaplain Christine.dickinson@lwh.nh.uk with the following details of your baby: family name or baby/babies name and the date that you delivered. Christine will then be able to place these into the book of remembrance.

    Honeysuckle Garden

    There is a garden dedicated to our honeysuckle families, this is located in the courtyard behind main reception of LWH. Within the garden there is a metal love lock tree. You or members of your family may wish to purchase a padlock with your baby’s name or a small message inscribed to hang on the tree.

    Naming Your Baby

    Some parents decide to give their baby a name, as this gives them their own identity and can make it easy to talk about them. Some parents use a nickname they may have chosen during their pregnancy. It is often very hard to determine their gender and you might like to choose a name that fits either gender. You do not have to name your baby if this does not feel right for you.

    Seeing and Holding Your Baby

    Once your baby is delivered, you may begin to think about the choices you want to make, for example, you can think about whether you want to see and hold your baby. You might have already started thinking about these decisions in the time before you delivered. Your nurse or midwife will support you with this. If you are not sure about seeing your baby or anxious about how your baby will look you could ask your nurse or midwife to show you a photograph or ask them to describe your baby to you. If you would like to see your baby and this is not suggested please ask the staff caring for you.

    Hand and Footprints

    For babies born very early it may not always be possible to take hand and footprints. When possible your nurse or midwife will offer and if accepted will try to take ink prints of your baby’s hands and feet. You may choose to incorporate the prints into images, tattoos and jewellery. You may want a few sets of these prints to give to family members who are not able to meet your baby.

    Photographs

    Your nurse or midwife will usually offer to take photos of your baby. You can also take your own photographs of your baby. Some parents like to have photographs of their baby’s hands and feet, others may also wish to have a photo of them holding their baby.

    Should you agree to photographs being taken but you do not wish to look at the photos, you can request for them to be given to you in a sealed envelope. You can then look at them at a later date if you wish, or you can give them to family members or friends.  If you do not wish for photographs to be taken then please inform the nurse / midwife caring for you.

    Dressing Your Baby

    You may want to dress your baby, or you could ask your nurse or midwife to assist you with this.  We have suitable clothing, wraps, blankets and angel pouches for all gestations and your nurse / midwife can support you with your choices.

    If your baby’s condition makes dressing them difficult, you may want to wrap them in a blanket or something similar.

    On-going keepsakes

    In addition to the keepsakes you collect from your pregnancy or soon after you baby is born, there may be other things that form valuable keepsakes in the future. Among these things could include poems, letters, emails, cards and jewellery.

    Attending events

    Attending remembrance events can be a meaningful way of honouring your babies memory alongside other bereaved families and a helpful part of your grief journey. Sharing this time with other families might help you feel less isolated in your grief.

    The Honeysuckle Team at Liverpool Women’s Hospital holds two types of remembrance events every year for all our families, which are The Service of Remembrance and The Honeysuckle Family Picnic.

    Baby Loss Awareness Week is held every year between 9-15th October and ends with an international wave of light at 7pm on 15th October for parents to remember their baby at the same time as others across the world. It is during this week we usually hold Liverpool Women’s memorial service of Remembrance and Hope. For up to date information on this years’ service please follow Liverpool Women’s on social media or via their website.

    If you would like to be kept up to date about our events you can be added to our emailing list. Please email your details to honeysuckle@lwh.nhs.uk and we can ensure you are invited and advised of all future events.

    Feedback

    We believe it is important to hear patients’ views on services and care they have received. You can make your voice heard by taking part in The Maternity Bereavement Experience Measure (MBEM). The MBEM feedback tool aims to enable patients who have sadly faced pregnancy loss or whose baby has died, the opportunity to feed back about the care they received. This feedback will be used to inform best practice and service improvements locally; all the answers you give will be treated anonymously.

    Please email honeysuckle@lwh.nhs.uk if you would like to complete The MBEM feedback tool.

    Support for you and your family

    The Honeysuckle Team midwives run a monthly support group for parents and grandparents, with guest speakers, a library of books, craft table and refreshments provided.

    The Honeysuckle Team are active on social media. We have our own Facebook page Honeysuckle a private closed Facebook page for families to join the private group, go onto our Facebook page and request to join Honeysuckle Community Page.  If you request to join the private group please also send Honeysuckle Bond a direct message so the team can ensure you are added.

    Joining social media groups can be a meaningful way of honouring your baby’s memory alongside other bereaved families and a helpful part of your grief journey. Sharing time with other families might help you feel less isolated in your grief.

    Should you wish to contact the team to discuss anything in this leaflet further, please contact us by telephone or email or if you are an inpatient and wish a face to face visit please discuss this with your nurse or midwife who will contact the team on your behalf.

    There are lots of organisations that The Honeysuckle Team work with who can offer you and your family support.

    Child Bereavement UK is particularly helpful if you have children in your family and are concerned with speaking to them about what has happened. They have devised leaflets available on their website for help in talking to children about bereavement.

    Helpful Organisations

    Liverpool Bereavement Services – provides counselling support in Liverpool for under 20 weeks gestation   07928 890 967 / 0151 475 9001 Open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

    Antenatal Results and Choices ( ARC ) – Offers information and support for parents making decisions around antenatal testing, including when a baby has a significant anomaly. https://www.arc-uk.org/  

    Child Bereavement UK National organisation providing support to families when a baby or child has died and offers support for children faced with bereavement.

    0800 028 8840 /   https://www.childbereavementuk.org/

    Children of Jannah – Organisation providing support to Muslim families after the loss of a baby or child  https://childrenofjannah.com/how-we-can-help/

    The Compassionate Friends – Organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents that offer support to other after the death of a child. www.tcf.org.uk

    The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust – Provides support and information for people who have had or been affected by an ectopic pregnancy. 020 7733 2653 / https://ectopic.org.uk/

    Fertility Network UK – Provides support to people dealing with infertility and/or who are facing involuntary childlessness. www.fertilitynetworkuk.org

    Little Things and Co – Baby Bereavement Charity, this has lots of downloadable leaflets on various topics for all members of the family. http://www.ltandco.org/

    The Miscarriage Association – National organisation offering support and information for individuals affected by pregnancy loss. 01924 200 799 / https://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/

     

    Multiple Births Foundation ( MBF ) – Provides support and information for multiple birth families, including bereavement support. www.multiplebirths.org.uk

    Muslim Bereavement Support Service – Provides support and information to Muslim families following a bereavement 020 3468 7333 / http://mbss.org.uk/

    Samaritans – Offers confidential support, available 24 hours a day to people who need to talk.  Telephone 116 123 / https://www.samaritans.org/

    SANDs – Provides support and information for anyone affected by the death of a baby, before or after birth. 020 7436 5881 / https://www.sands.org.uk/

    Twins Trust – offers support to families who have lost one or more children from a multiple birth.

    https://twinstrust.org/bereavement.html    /  bereavementsupport@twinstrust.org

  • Experiencing a pregnancy loss under 12 weeks Gestation

    The leaflet is detailed below, or you can download the 'Experiencing a pregnancy loss under 12 weeks Gestation' leaflet in PDF.

    This leaflet explains your option for histopathology testing of the baby / pregnancy remains after early miscarriage (up to 12 weeks’ gestation).

    If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to discuss with the health professional looking after you or a member of the Gynaecology Emergency Department (24hr number)  0151 702 4438 or The Honeysuckle Bereavement Team:  0151 702 4151 Mon-Fri:  8am-4pm Email : honeysuckle@lwh.nhs.uk

    Introduction

    The Honeysuckle Team are the dedicated baby bereavement team at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.  We are very sorry you have experienced a miscarriage. We understand that this will be a difficult time for you to make decisions and we hope that the following information will be of help. 

    We would like to assure you that The Honeysuckle Team ensure that all babies and the remains of pregnancies are treated with care and respect.

    You have been asked to consider giving verbal consent to Histopathological examination of your pregnancy loss.  This information together with the discussions that you will have with the health professionals caring for you will assist you in making the choices that you feel are right for you.

    Genetic testing on the pregnancy remains will only be offered if there was a known fetal abnormality or if this is your third or more miscarriage, which is in keeping with national guidelines.

    What is Histopathology testing and why is it recommended?

    Histopathology is the microscopic examination of the appearance of cells and tissues in very fine detail to exclude any abnormalities.

    Histopathology testing is advisable although not compulsory.

    We need to examine your pregnancy remains/baby to exclude a rare condition called Molar Pregnancy (Gestational Trophoblast Disease). This is a condition where pregnancy and placental tissue develop abnormally and this can be the cause for your miscarriage - the testing does not give reasons why a miscarriage has occurred nor will it determine the gender of the baby.

    There are two types of Molar Pregnancy:

    1. A complete mole, where there's a mass of abnormal cells in the womb and no foetus develops or
    2. A partial mole, where an abnormal foetus starts to form, but it cannot survive.

    Molar Pregnancies can cause the pregnancy hormone in your body to be very high and you may still feel pregnant. If Molar Pregnancy is diagnosed when your pregnancy tissue is examined it allows staff to give you the most appropriate treatment and follow up care in future pregnancies.

    Molar pregnancy is a very rare condition and we will only contact you if the examination identifies this condition, or if anything else is found that might affect you.

    If you have opted for surgical management of your miscarriage we recommend sending the pregnancy remains for testing. If you have opted for medical management of your miscarriage the health professionals caring for you will check any remains you pass and discuss if they think histopathology testing is advisable with you.

    The examination is carried out in the Histopathology Department at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

    Does this Examination have to be Performed?

    It is your decision whether or not to allow this examination. 

    Please be aware that results from histopathology examination rarely identify a cause for your miscarriage. We do not routinely contact you with the results unless they are abnormal and results can take up to 3 months to come through.

    After histopathology examination

    When fetal tissue is identified microscopically, its presence is commented within the pathology report, but as this is embedded in a paraffin block and is part of the diagnostic record, this is not returned unless a patient specifically asks to have the blocks and slides returned.

    If no fetal tissue is identified Royal Liverpool University Hospital can make arrangements for respectful disposal of the remaining tissue according to their standard procedure.

    When fetal tissue is identified during the examination this is returned to Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust.  The Honeysuckle Team will ensure your pregnancy remains are cared for in accordance with your wishes recorded on the care of pregnancy remains consent form.

    Should you wish to discuss the care of your pregnancy remains in further detail please contact The Honeysuckle Team.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Pregnancy loss over 16 weeks gestation including stillbirth and early neonatal death

    The leaflet is detailed below, or you can download Pregnancy loss over 16 weeks gestation including stillbirth and early neonatal death' leaflet in PDF. 

    Introduction

    The Honeysuckle Team are the dedicated baby bereavement team at Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust. The team consists of 2 bereavement support midwives, Marie Kelleher and Pauline McBurnie, and a bereavement support officer, Sarah Martin. We are very sorry for your loss; please accept our sincere condolences at this very sad time.

    In the light of the current (COVID 19) Corona virus sadly some of our services may be limited.

    We have designed this leaflet to ensure that you and your family are fully aware of the choices available and the formalities involved at this difficult time.

    The Honeysuckle Team’s office is currently open Monday – Friday 08:00 – 16:00, during these hours you can contact the team via telephone and email 0151 702 4151 / honeysuckle@lwh.nhs.uk We aim to respond to enquiries within 2 working days, however given the current situation this may not be possible. If your enquiry is of an urgent nature we would encourage you to contact Liverpool Women's main switchboard and ask for bleep 109 or 104.

    You may also wish to download the SANDS bereavement support app onto your smart phone or tablet. This app offers guidance on various topics such as saying goodbye to your baby, examinations/testing, funeral arrangements, support for children in your family.

    Making Memories

    The Honeysuckle Team are passionate about promoting positive memories for bereaved families.

    When a baby dies, there are few happy memories to help the grief that parents and other family members experience. This section discusses various ways in which you can make memories of the time that you had together and honour the memory of your baby. Your nurse / midwife will support your choices for memory making.

    We would encourage you to consider memory making before you have been discharged as unfortunately Liverpool Women’s’ NHS Foundation Trust  currently have strict guidelines in place in regards to visiting the hospital and therefore it may not possible for you to return to LWH should you change your mind regarding memory making at a later date.

    Memory Box

    Your nurse / midwife should offer you a memory box, should you not be given one please ask staff. Memory boxes can help capture the time you had with you baby. The box is a special place for keepsakes to remember your baby by. This could include a scan picture, photographs, hand and foot prints, a lock of hair or any cards that you might receive. For babies born very early it may not always be possible to take hand and foot prints or have a lock of hair, but you may still like to have a box for other memories. A memory box can help you acknowledge your grief and talk about your pregnancy /baby with family and friends.

    Blessing

    A short blessing or naming ceremony can be arranged while you are in hospital. LWH has an on call chaplaincy team who would usually provide this service. Ask your nurse or midwife to make contact with the chaplaincy team. If the chaplaincy team are not available another staff member at the hospital can conduct a blessing on their behalf – your nurse or midwife will support you with this. You may wish to record or stream this for family and friends to watch.

    Memorial Book

    There is a book of remembrance located in the chapel at LWH. If you would like your baby’s name to be added to the book please email our hospital chaplain Christine.dickinson@lwh.nhs.uk with the following details of your baby: baby/babies name, the date that you delivered or the date your baby was born and the date baby died. Christine will then be able to place these into the book of remembrance. Should you wish to visit the chapel and review your entry this could be arranged at a later date.

    Memorial Garden

    There is a garden dedicated to our honeysuckle families, this is located in the courtyard behind main reception of LWH. Within the garden there is a metal love lock tree. You or members of your family may wish to purchase a padlock with your baby’s name or a small message inscribed to hang on the tree. Unfortunately at present the garden is closed, please email honeysuckle@lwh.nhs.uk if you wish to be notified when the garden is reopened.

    Naming Your Baby

    Some parents decide to give their baby a name, as this gives them their own identity and can make it easy to talk about them. Some parents use a nickname they may have chosen during their pregnancy. It can sometimes be hard to determine their gender and you might like to choose a name that fits either gender. You do not have to name your baby if this does not feel right for you.

    Seeing and Holding Your Baby

    Once your baby is born, you may begin to think about the choices you want to make, for example, you can think about whether you want to see and hold your baby. You might have already started thinking about these decisions in the time before you delivered. Your nurse or midwife will support you with this. If you are not sure about seeing your baby or anxious about how your baby will look you could ask your nurse or midwife to show you a photograph or ask them to describe your baby to you. If you would like to see your baby and this is not suggested please ask the staff caring for you.

    Hand and Footprints

    When possible your nurse or midwife will offer and if accepted will try to take ink prints of your baby’s hands and feet. You may choose to incorporate the prints into images, tattoos and jewellery. You may want a few sets of these prints to give to family members who are not able to meet your baby.

    Photographs

    Your nurse or midwife will usually offer to take photos of your baby. You can also take your own photographs of your baby. Some parents like to have photographs of their baby’s hands and feet, others may also wish to have a photo of them holding their baby.

    Should you agree to photographs being taken but you do not wish to look at the photos you can request for them to be given to you in a sealed envelope. You can then look at them at a later date if you wish, or you can give them to family members or friends.  If you do not wish for photographs to be taken then please inform the nurse / midwife caring for you.

    Washing and Dressing Your Baby

    You may want to wash and dress your baby, or you could ask your nurse or midwife to assist you with this.  You could bring something from home for your baby to wear; alternatively the hospital can provide clothing for your baby. If your baby’s condition makes dressing them difficult, you may want to wrap them in a blanket or something similar.

    We have suitable clothing, wraps, blankets and angel pouches for all gestations and your nurse / midwife can support you with your choices.

    Hospice care

    For babies who have died or who are stillborn local hospices such as Claire House and Zoe’s Place can provide support to families if facilities are available. They have bereavement suites where you are able to take your baby and stay with them for a few days. If you would like your nurse or midwife to make enquiries about this please ask them.

    On-going keepsakes

    In addition to the keepsakes you collect from your pregnancy or soon after you baby is born, there may be other things that form valuable keepsakes in the future. Among these things could include poems, letters, emails, cards and jewellery.

    Attending events

    Attending remembrance events can be a meaningful way of honouring your babies memory alongside other bereaved families and a helpful part of your grief journey. Sharing this time with other families might help you feel less isolated in your grief.

    The Honeysuckle Team at Liverpool Women’s Hospital holds two types of remembrance events every year for all our families, which are The Service of Remembrance and Hope and The Honeysuckle family picnic. Unfortunately this year’s family picnic in the park has been cancelled due to COVID19.

    Baby loss awareness week is held every year between 9-15th October and ends with an international wave of light at 7pm on 15 October for parents to remember their baby at the same time as others across the world. It is during this week’s we usually hold Liverpool Women’s memorial service of Remembrance and Hope. For up to date information on this years’ service please follow Liverpool Women’s on social media or via their website.

    If you would like to be added to our mailing list please email your details to honeysuckle@lwh.nhs.uk and we can ensure you are invited and advised of all future events.

     

    Information for families following pregnancy loss under 24 weeks gestation where baby has not shown signs of life

    If your baby died before birth and had not completed 24 weeks of pregnancy (legally described as a miscarriage), their death cannot be officially registered.  

    Parents should be offered an unofficial ‘certificate of birth’ or ‘certificate of pregnancy loss. These are available for all miscarriage families and are provided in the miscarriage memory boxes. If this is something you would like please ask the nurse / midwife caring for you who can provide this, alternatively should you wish to make your own you can download a template from SANDS website www.sands.org.uk

    There is no legal requirement to have a funeral for a baby born under 24 weeks gestation where baby has not shown signs of life: the following section discusses the choices available to you. Please note that in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Liverpool Women’s has suspended all but essential patient visiting across the Trust until further notice, in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Because of this we kindly ask that you make your decision regarding arrangements for your baby prior to your discharge from hospital as you may not be able to return following this to complete appropriate paperwork.

    Communal Cremation

    A communal cremation is where the remains of 12 babies are cremated together at Springwood Crematorium, Springwood Avenue, Liverpool, the ashes are scattered within the crematorium’s grounds in a special remembrance garden for babies and children.

    When you are discharged your pregnancy remains / baby will come into the care of The Honeysuckle Team and the team will make arrangements for the communal cremation. You are not able to attend the communal cremation. 

    Please rest assured your baby will be looked after and that the communal cremation is carried out in a dignified and respectful manner.

    Should you choose this option; the nurse or midwife caring for you will ask you to complete a consent form prior to your discharge.

    Arranging burial or cremation via a funeral director

    Some families decide that they want to honour their baby’s memory by arranging a burial or cremation. It is possible to have a funeral for a baby born at any stage of pregnancy.

    The hospital does not arrange individual funerals, therefore you will need to approach and appoint a local funeral director. Most funeral directors in the local area do not charge any fees when making arrangements for a baby or child’s funeral – please ask when you are speaking with the funeral director.

    Due to the current situation there will be limits as to what type of service can be held and who can attend. Please ask the funeral director to contact The Honeysuckle Team on 0151 702 4151 to make arrangements for bringing your baby into their care.

    Should you choose this option, the nurse or midwife caring for you will ask you to complete a consent form. It is important that you appoint a funeral director prior to discharge to ensure they are able to make arrangements for your pregnancy remains/baby.

    During these extremely challenging times the transmission of the coronavirus at funeral gatherings cannot be overlooked. You are also requested to consider that funeral directors are currently extremely busy and you might face long delays in organising a funeral for your baby.

    Taking baby’s remains home from the hospital under 24 weeks gestation where baby has not shown signs of life

    Some families decide to take their baby’s remains home from the hospital to bury in the garden or in a planter with flowers or a shrub; this is a personal choice and there are no regulations to prevent you doing whatever feels right for you.

    Having said this there are certain requirements that need to be met. It is advisable to think carefully about what you will do with the remains and consider any associated restrictions which might exist, for example in relation to burial on a home property. For further guidance please visit https://www.hta.gov.uk  The local Environmental Health Department or the Environment Agency is also a good source of advice on this matter.

    The nurse / midwife caring for you will ask you to sign a consent form and provide you with a letter to confirm your miscarriage and your request to take home your pregnancy remains/ baby.

    Please note that due to current visiting restrictions if you decide to take your baby’s remains home you must do this upon your discharge as you may not be able to attend the hospital site after this.

    During these extremely challenging times the transmission of the coronavirus at hospitals cannot be overlooked and therefore it may not be possible for you to change your mind and return your pregnancy remains / baby for alternative arrangements.

    Information for families following stillbirth or neonatal death

    Registration

    If your baby was stillborn at 24 weeks or later, or died after birth, you are legally required to register this with the local registrar of births and deaths.


    Unfortunately due to the current situation with the coronavirus unfortunately there are no face to face appointments.  Telephone registration appointments are being conducted only for stillbirths and deaths.

    In the case of a stillbirth the midwife or doctor will complete a medical certificate of stillbirth.

    In the case of a neonatal death the doctor will complete a medical certificate of death. (Should you need to register the birth this will unfortunately have to be done at a later date and your local registry office can advise when this service will be available).

    The required documentation to register a stillbirth / death will be stored in your medical notes. The Honeysuckle team will collect and will liaise with Liverpool Registry Office to make arrangements for the registration. Please ensure when you leave the hospital that you have provided us with your preferred contact number.

    The Honeysuckle Team will call and advise you of the date and time of your registration.

    Please note that the call from Liverpool Registry Office will likely come through as a withheld number so please ensure you answer your phone during the time allocated to you.

     If you are not contacted to conduct the appointment within 5 working days please liaise with Liverpool Registry Office via Liverpool City Council website – https://liverpool.gov.uk/births-marriage-deaths/deaths/register-a-death/    

    Funeral choices

    If your baby was stillborn at 24 weeks or later, or died after birth, you are legally required to have a burial or cremation for them.

    The hospital does not arrange individual funerals, therefore you will need to approach or appoint a funeral director. The Honeysuckle Team are happy to guide you through this process. Most funeral directors in the local area do not charge for a baby or child’s funeral – we advise you confirm this when you are speaking with the funeral director.

    Due to the current situation there will be limits as to what type of service can be held and who can attend. Your funeral director will guide you through this.

    Please ask the funeral director to contact The Honeysuckle Team on 0151 702 4151 to make arrangements for bringing your baby into their care.

    During these extremely challenging times the transmission of the coronavirus at funeral gatherings cannot be overlooked. You are also requested to consider that funeral directors are currently extremely busy and you might face long delays in organising a funeral for your baby.

    Should you wish to take your baby home you must ensure the funeral director can offer you support at home. You will be asked to complete a consent form to confirm that you wish to take full resposnsibility and make you own arrangements via your chosen funeral director.

    It is important to acknowledge that funeral directors are unfortunately extremely busy at present and may not be able to assist with this request.

    If they are able to assist with your request the nurse or midwife caring for you will complete your discharge and ensure you are provided with a letter to confirm you have chosen to take your baby home. This letter will provide details of who to contact at Liverpool Women’s’ Hospital should you have any concerns. Should you opt to take your baby home and wish for a cremation the documentation for cremation will be given to you to pass onto the funeral directors.

    Support for you and your family

    The Honeysuckle Team run a monthly support group for parents and grandparents, with guest speakers, a library of books, craft table and refreshments provided.

    Due to the coronavirus the monthly support group is currently suspended, if you would like to be notified of future support group dates please email the team - honeysuckle@lwh.nhs.uk

    The Honeysuckle Team are active on social media. We have our own Facebook page Honeysuckle Bond and two private closed Facebook pages one for families and one for Dads who have suffered the loss of a baby.  To join one of the private groups, go onto our Facebook page and request to join Honeysuckle Community Page or Honeysuckle Dad’s Group.  If you request to join one of the private groups please also send Honeysuckle Bond a direct message so the team can ensure you are added.

    Joining social media groups can be a meaningful way of honouring your baby’s memory alongside other bereaved families and a helpful part of your grief journey. Sharing time with other families might help you feel less isolated in your grief.

    Should you wish to contact the team to discuss anything in this leaflet further, please contact us by telephone or email or if you are an inpatient and wish a face to face visit please discuss this with your nurse or midwife who will contact the team on your behalf.                                         

    There are lots of organisations that The Honeysuckle Team work with who can offer you and your family support. Please note at present organisations are not offering face to face appointments.

    However organisations can still be contacted via telephone or online.

    Child Bereavement UK is particularly helpful if you have children in your family and are concerned with speaking to them about what has happened. They have devised leaflets available on their website for help in talking to children about bereavement.

    Helpful organisations – Please note at present due to the coronavirus organisations are not offering face to face appointments. However organisation can still be contacted via telephone or online. Please see details below:

    Liverpool Bereavement Services – provides counselling support in Liverpool for under 20 weeks gestation 0151 236 3932 / https://liverpoolbereavement.com/ Open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

     

    Love Jasmine – provides counselling support in Liverpool for over 20 weeks gestation
    0151 252 3145 / https://www.lovejasmine.org.uk/ Open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

     

    Antenatal Results and Choices ( ARC ) – Offers information and support for parents making decisions around antenatal testing, including when a baby has a significant anomaly. https://www.arc-uk.org/  

     

    Child Bereavement UK National organisation providing support to families when a baby or child has died and offers support for children faced with bereavement.

    0800 028 8840 /   https://www.childbereavementuk.org/

     

    Children of Jannah – Organisation providing support to Muslim families after the loss of a baby or child  https://childrenofjannah.com/how-we-can-help/

     

    The Compassionate Friends – Organisation of bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents that offer support to other after the death of a child. www.tcf.org.uk

     

    The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust – Provides support and information for people who have had or been affected by an ectopic pregnancy. 020 7733 2653 / https://ectopic.org.uk/

     

    Fertility Network UK – Provides support to people dealing with infertility and/or who are facing involuntary childlessness. www.fertilitynetworkuk.org

    Little Things and Co – Baby Bereavement Charity, this has lots of downloadable leaflets on various topics for all members of the family. http://www.ltandco.org/

     

    The Miscarriage Association – National organisation offering support and information for individuals affected by pregnancy loss. 01924 200 799 / https://www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk/

     

    Multiple Births Foundation ( MBF ) – Provides support and information for multiple birth families, including bereavement support. www.multiplebirths.org.uk

     

    Muslim Bereavement Support Service – Provides support and information to Muslim families following a bereavement 020 3468 7333 / http://mbss.org.uk/

     

    Samaritans – Offers confidential support, available 24 hours a day to people who need to talk.

    Telephone 116 123 / https://www.samaritans.org/

     

    SANDs – Provides support and information for anyone affected by the death of a baby, before or after birth.

    020 7436 5881 / https://www.sands.org.uk/

     

    Twins Trust – offers support to families who have lost one or more children from a multiple birth.

    https://twinstrust.org/bereavement.html    /  bereavementsupport@twinstrust.org

     

     

     

     

The links below are relating to external leaflets which are deemed appropriate for services that we at LWH provide.

Please note: The formatting of these leaflets are mandated externally and LWH does not have the authority to amend these.

The Miscarriage Association: this includes support for those who have suffered molar pregnancies and ectopic pregnancies www.miscarriageassosciation.org.uk

Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Charity ( SANDs ) www.sands.org.uk

Twin And Multiple Birth Association ( TAMBA ) www.tamba.org.uk

Child Bereavement UK – supporting siblings childbereavementuk.org 

Antenatal Results and Choices www.arc-uk.org 

The Lullaby Trust www.lullabytrust.org.uk 

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