Bereavement

The loss of a baby at any stage during pregnancy or after birth is devastating to a family.

Providing an empathetic, sensitive and caring environment to support couples and their families following a pregnancy loss is now an integral part of maternity services.

The National Maternity Hospital realises the importance of supporting parents and their families when they experience the loss of their baby.

If you have experienced bereavement, the Bereavement Midwife, Bereavement Chaplain and clinical staff work closely together as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

 

Bereavement Clinics

‘Why did this happen?’ and ‘Will this happen again?’ Are two questions every bereaved parent asks following a pregnancy loss.

The National Maternity Hospital recognises that follow up care is integral to the provision of compassionate bereavement care. The hospital has systems in place to ensure that follow up consultations with an obstetrician, paediatrician/ neonatologist and  bereavement midwife specialist will be provided in a suitable space, separate to mothers and babies which is conducive to discussion and counselling.

There are three specialised consultant led bereavement clinics providing follow up care for couples who have experienced pregnancy loss through miscarriage and stillbirth. Follow up with a consultant neonatologist is arranged on an individual basis for parents whose baby has died in the neonatal period. These clinics provide an opportunity for couples to be counselled, in a timely manner, in relation to results of medical investigations carried out following the pregnancy loss. The provision of medical certificates in relation to stillbirth and neonatal death are completed, where relevant and given to parents at this time so that they can register their baby’s birth/ death.

The bereavement clinics are supported by two consultant pathologists who provide valuable information through post mortem and placental examination.  Further expertise is provided by a Consultant Geneticist who meets with bereaved parents in cases where a genetic assessment is required.

As well as the provision of medical results, the clinics provide an opportunity to ascertain how parents are coping with their grief and to offer ongoing support to families based on individual need.

Annual Remembrance Service

This service is held annually for the parents and their families whose babies have died at the National Maternity Hospital.

The National Maternity Hospital Annual Remembrance  Service will take place on Sunday 7th October 2018 at 3pm in the Church of St Andrew, Westland Row, Dublin 2. This is a very healing and meaningful experience for patients their families and staff, all are very welcome.

Book of Remembrance

The Book of Remembrance

 ..…every life that ever forms or ever comes to be touches the world in some small way for all eternity.....

Parents are invited to have their babies’ names entered in this book which is on view daily in the Hospital Oratory. Forms can be downloaded here and returned to the chaplain by email - chaplain@nmh.ie

The Bereavement Symbol

The National Maternity Hospital has introduced the bereavement symbol which was developed by the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme. The symbol is inspired by ancient Irish history and is not associated with any one religious or denomination.
The sign will be placed outside the room as the aim is to make all staff aware that sensitivity is required, to create a quiet atmosphere and to minimise any unnecessary disturbance for a family who have experienced a bereavement.

Other useful websites

Support groups

http://www.feileacain.ie/

http://www.firstlight.ie

https://alittlelifetime.ie/

https://onedaymore.ie/

http://miscarraige.ie

https://anamcara.ie/

Information regarding children and grief

http://www.childhoodbereavement.ie/