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

Approaching Medical Negligence Cases with the Deepest of Empathy | Amy, Bereaved mother & Solicitor for the #Itstilltakesavillage blog series

oughout the entire series, what has struck me is the amount of people that have personal experience of baby loss, working within the field of baby loss. Whether its a motivator to join the profession or not, I should imagine that it presents both multiple challenges and beautiful insight that cannot be taught. In this piece from Amy, a medical negligence solicitor, reflects both on her personal and professional experience of loss. Please, meet Amy...

On a Quest to Improve Maternity Bereavement Services | Melanie, Bereavement Midwife for the #ItStillTakesAVillageBlogSeries

"My passion to make a families birth and follow up care experience a positive one and one they can look back on in time as a positive memory of their baby’s journey." Melanie, @melplum34, Bereavement Midwife for the #ItStillTakesAVillage blog series. #MatExp

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

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."

Finding Answers for Why a Baby has Died | Helena from Wolferstans Solicitors 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.   Sadly, when a baby dies, it can sometimes be … Continue reading Finding Answers for Why a Baby has Died | Helena from Wolferstans Solicitors for the #ItStillTakesAVillageBlogSeries

You Do Not Need to Face it Alone | Karen, from Petals Charity for the #ItStillTakesAVillageBlogSeries

I’m Karen Burgess the CEO of Petals, the baby loss counselling charity. I am also the founder, having set up Petals in 2011 – I am a counsellor by training and have been working with maternity services for 10 years.