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Baby Beat Preston invests money into early pregnancy loss bereavement service at Royal Preston Hospital

Posted on - 17th December, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Campaigns, Charities, Fulwood, Health, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Sharoe Green
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Baby Beat, Claire (left) welcomes Kirstie (right) as the new early pregnancy loss bereavement nurse. Pic: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

Baby Beat, a maternity services charity, are investing £93,116 into funding an early pregnancy loss bereavement service at Royal Preston Hospital and other Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.

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The service will fund a new, specialist, bereavement nurse for the next two years, who will provide support to families who experience a miscarriage before 16 weeks.

It has been implemented after feedback from patients who have used early pregnancy services before, access to support has been shown to benefit families who are coping with pregnancy loss.

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The introduction of a specialist nurse is part of a wider long-term improvement strategy for early pregnancy and bereavement services.

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Lead midwife for bereavement, Claire Braithwaite said: “The introduction of the bereavement specialist nurse is only the start of the journey, and the team will continue to be co-designed and be responsive to the needs of its service users.”

Baby Beat is part of the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity and cares for mums and babies in Central Lancashire and Chorley. The new post will be part of the expanded trust-wide seven day bereavement and tissue donation service across the hospitals.

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Head of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s charity, Dan Hill said: “Baby Beat is privileged to be supporting such an important quality improvement.

“Women have told us about the devastating impart of pregnancy loss and the variation in the level of support they have received.

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“In reposes to feedback, leads of the service have developed an early pregnancy improvement plan and this work includes enhanced access to bespoke bereavement care.”

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