Better Births 2019 : Safety, Trust and Care

This week, I attended the NHS England Better Births Three Years On Event and share Leo and Eli's story. The event saw the annual review of the 2016 Better Births paper, aimed at improving maternity services in England. Over 500 people were in attendance across maternity, obstetric, neonatal and other related services together with families … Continue reading Better Births 2019 : Safety, Trust and Care

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How to Help a Friend who Has Lost a Baby

Every week, bereaved parents affected by Baby Loss get together on Twitter and chat about various topics about life after baby loss. We do this through my twitter chat, #BabyLossHour. A recent topic was 'how to support a bereaved parent' - something that no doubt many people have typed into Google in a quest to answer one of the most challenging encounters of friendship (or other such relationships).

Leo Phoenix is Three!

Three. I'd sum three up as bloody surreal. I mean, it's all surreal but with each year, that feeling gets stronger. I think the distance makes the memories that bit more sketchy, and far less tangible. 'Three' is not the 6lb 4oz newborn that we said goodbye to. 'Three' is not the baby we'd dreamed … Continue reading Leo Phoenix is Three!

Raising Standards and Improving Patient Safety | Charlotte, from Knights Injury, for the #ItStillTakesAVillageBlogSeries

"My aim is to get the best result for my clients, help them get the answers they deserve, drive up standards and raise awareness." Charlotte, from @knightsinjury for the #ItStillTakesAVillage Blog Series. @cmooresolicitor

Empowering Women to Access Abortion Care without Stigma | Abigail, from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service for the #ItStillTakesAVillageBlogSeries

"No matter what the reason for ending a pregnancy, the way you are made to feel at the time is likely to stay with you forever, we must get it right." Abigail, from @bpas1968 for the #ItStillTakesAVillageBlogSeries

Helping to Fuel the Movement for Change | Siobhan, from Tommys for the #ItStillTakesAVillageBlogSeries

"I feel like there is still a big assumption of ‘oh well, it happens" & the more people accept that as true, then the less motivation there is for society to care..." Siobhan, from @tommys_baby for the #ItStillTakesAVillageBlogSeries

The Most Precious, Valuable Job | Luana, Bereavement Officer, for the #ItStillTakesAVillageBlogSeries

There is sadly such a range in the bereavement care available currently in our hospitals - but there are some that seem to have got it right. This interview gave me hope - hope for the families that sadly have to say goodbye to a baby or child. To know that they are people out there with such passion, drive and care looking after these families is just wonderful. Please, meet Luana... 

Caring for Families by Providing a Personalised Funeral Service | Nicky and Lisa, from AH Rogers & Sons, for the #ItStillTakesAVillageBlogSeries

Welcome to the latest addition to the It Still Takes a Village – Working in Baby Loss Interview Series where we take a closer look at those who dedicate their day to day to preventing baby loss and supporting those affected. You can read more interviews, here. I personally found planning my son's funeral one of the … Continue reading Caring for Families by Providing a Personalised Funeral Service | Nicky and Lisa, from AH Rogers & Sons, for the #ItStillTakesAVillageBlogSeries

Craving Stillness – an Opportunity to Reflect and Restore Thanks to the Teddy’s Wish Retreat

Back in Summer, I saw a Facebook post from the charity Teddy's Wish, about a retreat for bereaved parents. I instantly put my name forward. I didn't even really consider what would be involved. I just knew that I wanted to go. For me, one of the biggest challenges in parenting after loss is time. … Continue reading Craving Stillness – an Opportunity to Reflect and Restore Thanks to the Teddy’s Wish Retreat

Exploring the Choices that Bereaved Families Make | The Death Before Birth Project for the #ItStillTakesAVillageBlogSeries

"We hope that our findings will help to promote best practice and set standards for excellent bereavement care following pregnancy loss."