Saint Mary’s bereavement services win national awards
The bereavement team at Saint Mary's are winners 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
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 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
Consultant obstetrician Dr Alex Heazell has developed '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
Dr Heazell, Emma and Vicky said:
"We are thrilled to win these awards, as the nominations and
votes come from parents we have cared for after their babies have
died. Providing care at this really difficult time for parents is
challenging but also rewarding. By constantly working to improve
our care, we hope that we can give parents the best possible