A clinic set up at Royal Preston Hospital’s Sharoe Green Maternity Unit is helping pregnant women who have suffered loss in a previous pregnancy.Advertisement
The Rainbow Clinic was set up with the aim of providing antenatal care to women who have suffered a late miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death previously. The clinic, which is open every Friday morning, is a safe space where these women can meet others who have had similar experiences.
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The care provided improves the personalisation and continuity of care and optimises the experience of women who have experienced loss.
Jane Boscolo-Ryan, Specialist Midwife at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Often, when women have suffered huge loss such as stillbirth, neonatal death and miscarriage, they can find their next pregnancy extremely difficult and may experience anxiety-related health issues.
“Baby Loss Awareness Week took place last month, and we want to spread the word about our Rainbow Clinic to women in our region, to reassure them that we have a specialist service for them that will help them through their next pregnancy without forgetting what they have been through and how that might still affect them.
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“The term ‘Rainbow Baby’ refers to a healthy baby born after losing a baby, symbolising hope after a dark time.”
The team comprises of an obstetric consultant lead, who specialises in fetal medicine, along with a midwife sonographer, two specialist bereavement midwives, a sonographer and administrative support. Together the team provides woman-centred care and specialised counselling services alongside intensive obstetric ultrasound monitoring.
Janet Cotton, Head of Midwifery at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are really proud to offer this service, as it’s one we believe that is vital for the reassurance and peace of mind of our mums-to-be.
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“The clinic is a safe, positive space for women and staff to interact, receive care and establish relationships, and we encourage any pregnant woman who has experienced loss to attend the Rainbow Clinic”.
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