Baby footprints leading the way to baby loss coffee morning at The Royal Oldham Hospital – 17 October
PINK and blue baby footprints will lead the way to breaking the silence and taboo of baby loss at The Royal Oldham Hospital.
The footprints will be used during national baby loss awareness week from 12 to 18 October and will be hung on artificial bushes near to the main entrance corridor at The Royal Oldham Hospital.
The baby loss awareness campaign recognises how alone and alienated bereaved mothers and families can often feel. One in five pregnancies can result in a miscarriage and British and US studies have shown that the psychological impact of losing a baby can last for many years after the event.
Sue Brierley, bereavement midwife, who has organised the bushes said: “The footprints will be hung on the tree, along with a tag to catch people’s eyes as they walk past. There will also be information on the loss of a baby with details of support groups available.
“We wanted to take part in the national awareness week as each year the week gives bereaved parents, family members and friends the opportunity to commemorate the brief lives of their babies, knowing that thousands of other families around the world will be doing the same thing. The week also provides a crucial opportunity for people to talk openly about the subject.”
A special coffee morning to round off the awareness week will be held in the hospital’s chapel on 17 October between 10am and midday. Everyone is welcome to attend and the event will be supported by chaplains, bereavement support midwives and members of the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDs) support group.
Sue added: ”The coffee morning is seen as the culmination of the week as we will move the bushes with the footprints on into the chapel. It is anticipated that parents or anyone affected by the loss of a baby will attend with their family. The idea is to get parents together for a chat and support.”
Park Cake Bakeries have kindly offered to donate cakes for the event.