Appeal launched to raise £3.5million for new centre for bereaved parents at Birmingham Women’s Hospital
Written by Tristan Harris on April 11, 2019
AN APPEAL has been launched to raise £3.5million to build Woodland House at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital which will be for bereaved mums and dads who have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.
The hospital currently cares for more than 2,000 grieving parents every year and every loss is a devastating and unique personal experience.
At the moment the news is delivered in cramped quiet rooms often on the maternity ward or outpatient areas and people have said they felt they had nowhere to go or felt rushed after receiving the details no-one wants to hear.
Woodland House would provide a brand new, purpose-built centre away from the hustle and bustle of the main hospital where families could spend time together before they are ready to face the world again.
The centre will be the first of its kind in the UK offering a light-filled, neutral environment where families can look after one another and spend as long as they need together in a place that feels like home.
It will set the standard of care for pregnancy loss and neonatal death nationally.
It will offer a standalone centre in a peaceful woodland setting, private and separate access from the main hospital entrance, one large family room with kitchens and access to a private garden, counselling rooms where trained bereavement staff can meet women and families to break difficult news or offer support in the immediate aftermath of loss and a large communal lounge area for support groups.
There will also be a welcoming private outdoor space and provision for neonatal end of life care where appropriate.
For more on the campaign and how to help raise the funds, visit https://www.bwh.org.uk/pages/category/woodland-house