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Saint Mary’s bereavement services nominated for a national award

The bereavement team at Saint Mary's have been shortlisted in this year's national Butterfly Awards, in the categories of 'Best Hospital Bereavement Service' and 'Medical Professional'.

The Butterfly Awards recognise families for the strength and courage they have shown during the loss of a baby, and professionals for the work they do supporting families through this loss.

The awards are decided by way of a public vote, with all categories open to the public to choose the winners.

Bereavement specialist midwives Emma Lane and Vicky Holmes set up the Saint Mary's Bereavement service in 2013, after identifying a gap in the care we were providing to bereaved parents.

Their role includes spending time with bereaved parents, and providing a bereavement phone service after they have left our care. They also hold coffee mornings during the year for parents and support them in future pregnancies by attending scans with them. They also train and educate other staff on best practice in bereavement care.

Emma and Vicky said of the service:

"We are devoted and highly motivated in providing an excellent standard of bereavement care and support to parents showing empathy, respect and compassion."

Consultant obstetrician Dr Alex Heazell has also been nominated for developing 'The Rainbow Clinic', a clinic that supports previously bereaved parents in future pregnancies.

Dr Heazell and the Rainbow Clinic have been instrumental in reducing the stillbirth rate by 20% at Saint Mary's through research.

Dr Heazell said:

"I am absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted for a Butterfly award."

"The Rainbow Clinic has now cared for over 200 families; this has been the most rewarding part of my career to date."

Voting is open until Thursday September 11th, cast your vote at www.butterflyawards.com. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in October.