April 25th, 2017
A suite of rooms which offer the families of stillborn children a private space to create lasting memories with baby has received a makeover.
Thanks to funding from Bradford Teaching Hospital’s Children’s Charity, the Maternity Unit’s Snowdrop Suite at Bradford Royal Infirmary has been revamped and redecorated.
The area is now flooded with natural light thanks to the addition of skylights. A new kitchen suite, fridge and curtains have also been installed and the suite’s bedroom, sitting room and en-suite bathroom have all been redecorated.
The Snowdrop Suite includes a comfort cot that prevents baby from becoming too hot.
Bradford Teaching Hospitals’ Head of Midwifery, Sara Keogh, said the newly-renovated rooms had a vital role to play.
“It was a very dark and claustrophobic area before, and the skylights alone now make a massive difference,” she said.
“The suite also includes an en-suite bathroom and a sitting room where family members can wait.
“It’s a nice area which is very private and quiet, and is separate from the labour ward.
“It’s used for women who have lost a baby unexpectedly and women whose babies have been diagnosed with a foetal abnormality, so that they can spend some time in private with baby.
“But we also want to involve the whole family in seeing, handling, touching and creating lasting memories with baby. Family members can take pictures and hand and footprints too.”
Raising the money needed
Bradford Teaching Hospitals’ Charity Fundraiser Hayley Collis said a family who had previously used the suite had played a key role in raising the money needed for its £14,000 refurbishment, but did not want any publicity.
She said: “Parents often need a way of channelling their energies into something and we’re very grateful for what they’ve done.
“The suite is now a little bit more of a home-from-home.”
Sara added: “It will have a massive impact. There is now so much great work being done to improve services for bereaved families.”