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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 loss.

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 bereavement care.

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 research.

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 experience".