The Ipswich Hospital Baby Bereavement Group is comprised of a voluntary team of midwives and maternity care assistants who are working to change the way bereaved couples are cared for.
Families who have suffered a loss of a baby, whatever stage of pregnancy are invited to attend the Baby Bereavement Support Group; this is held monthly at the hospital. The group are encouraged to share their feelings and experiences in a confidential and supportive environment. There is also a play group each month for those who have children to meet with other families who have also suffered loss.
Once a year in October we hold a Remembering Precious Babies service in the Hospital Chapel. Prayers are said and each baby is remembered with the lighting of a candle, followed by an afternoon tea. This service is for anyone who has suffered a loss of a baby recently or in the past.
We rely on support to help make the service for bereaved parents even better and so through donations and fundraising we have been able to purchase items to help these families. So far we have been able to fund a Quiet Room, so families can have a private delivery with extra home comforts. Memory Boxes are given so families can create and store some memories of their baby and specialist cuddle cots allowing families to remain together for longer after birth.
The Tree of Rememberance in Holywells Park was purchased in 2016 to offer local bereaved parents the opportunity to honour their baby in a simple, quiet way. Each leaf is engraved with the name, date of birth and a short message for a baby lost in pregnancy or the neonatal period. Each leaf costs £40 and is paid for through continuous fundraising events held by the Baby Bereavement Support Group. All donations to subsidise the cost of the leaf are gratefully received through The Ipswich Hospital Charity.
This tree can only be made possible with donations and support from the public. The Ipswich Hospital Baby Bereavement Group meets on the last Tuesday of each month (7-9pm) in the Parentcraft room at Ipswich Hospital to share and support grieving families.
To apply for a leaf on the Tree of Remembrance, please click here.
Following the success of this year’s Charity Ball, the Baby Bereavement Group are excited to announce that we will be holding a Charity Ball on 5th May 2018!
Find out more about the ball and buy tickets here