Baby loss support services across King’s Health Partners
Following the launch of Guy’s and St Thomas’ partnering with baby loss counselling charity, Petals, we look at similar services offered across our partnership.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Parents who suffer the trauma of losing a baby during pregnancy or birth are being offered support from a specialist bereavement counsellor at St Thomas’ Hospital.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has become the eighth hospital in the UK to partner with the baby loss counselling charity, Petals [pictured right: counsellors Amy Benson and Flora Saxby with midwives Debbie Bridgewater and Zahra Famili].
Petals provides free counselling sessions for individuals or couples to help them process the grief and trauma they have experienced, as well as supporting them through future pregnancies.
The service is now available to parents at St Thomas’ Hospital thanks to support from generous donations to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.
Debbie Bridgewater, matron for the high-risk team at Guy’s and St Thomas’, said:
Losing a baby can have a devastating psychological impact on parents. Our bereavement midwives are there to support families going through this difficult time, and the new Petals counselling service will help us to provide even better care.
To read the full story, visit the Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation website.
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Pregnancy loss may mean needing to take even greater care of patients’ needs for a while.
At South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Miscarriage Association offers support and information for those suffering the effects of pregnancy loss.
The service provides support and information to anyone affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy. There is a pregnancy loss helpline, live chat service and telephone support volunteers; our email support service; our online support options; our support groups; and our leaflets.
For more information, visit the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust website.
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Along with the Miscarriage Association, there are a number of ways people affected by baby loss can seek further advice and support at King’s College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Some include:
- The Ectopic Trust
- Association of Early Pregnancy Units (AEPU)
- Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity (SANDS)
- Babyloss Charity
For more information, visit the King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust website.