Tea party at St Mary’s Hospital celebrates the Rainbow Babies of 2015
More than 50 families from
across Greater Manchester got together at Saint Mary's Hospital on
February 6 to celebrate last year's babies who were cared for by
the Rainbow Clinic.
The Rainbow Clinic looks after families who have had a
stillbirth or a neonatal death in a previous pregnancy. The
innovative clinic provides care from the time of a family's
postnatal appointment to discuss the results of investigations
onwards into the next pregnancy including intensive screenings and
All the families who attended The Rainbow Clinic throughout last
year were invited to the tea party to celebrate the arrival of the
Rainbow Clinic Babies of 2015.
The clinic, a partnership between Tommy's the baby charity and
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is
informed by research studies to describe parents' experiences and
views of their care after stillbirth and in a subsequent pregnancy.
It provides additional scans to identify placental dysfunction and
detect complications early in a subsequent pregnancy, using
scanning methods pioneered in Manchester Placental Clinic to look
at the placenta in more detail.
Specialist Midwife, Louise Stephens was at the event. She said:
"Following our last tea party celebration in September 2014, it was
fantastic to be able to meet and catch up with so many local
families who visited us at The Rainbow Clinic throughout 2015.
"I loved sharing such a happy occasion with the families -
including mums, dads, babies, siblings and grandparents. It was
lovely to celebrate such happiness knowing how much sadness the
families have and still experience as a result of a loss.
"I feel it's a really important part of the families' journey;
we play such an important role in their pregnancy and get to know
the families on a personal level, celebrating the arrival of a
Rainbow Baby is very special."
Dr Alexander Heazell, Clinical Director of the Tommy's
Stillbirth Research Centre said "It is great to be able to put our
research into practice to improve care for women, their babies and
Women's Health research at Saint Mary's Hospital spans across
gynaecological cancer, fertility, pregnancy disorders and fetal
health with the aim of reducing pregnancy complications, increasing
fertility and detecting and treating gynaecological cancers. For
more information visit: https://research.cmft.nhs.uk/research/saint-marys-hospital