The Mayor of Rotherham, medical staff, service users and a Rotherham charity gathered to mark October’s Baby Loss Awareness Month.
Representatives from Rotherham’s baby loss support group, Footprints, hosted an event in the Community Corner of Rotherham Hospital’s main entrance to support those who have lost a baby during pregnancy or shortly after birth and to raise awareness.
Councillor Shaun Wright, The Worshipful Mayor of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough, came along to show his support and spent time speaking to staff, parents and those visiting the Footprints promotional stand.
The Mayor heard how users of the service had praised the Trust and the Footprints support group for how their situations had been handled. One service user commented: “I can’t thank the staff at Rotherham Hospital enough for how I was treated following the loss of my child. They were tremendously supportive during my time of need and I think that Rotherham Hospital deserves praise for that. The service I received was outstanding.”
Footprints was set up by GROW, a women’s charity based in Rotherham, to increase support in the community for those who had experienced the loss of a baby. The group is open to anyone who has had such an experience.
GROW is working in partnership with NHS Rotherham and The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust to run the Footprints support group.
The Footprints support group meets every month in Rotherham town centre; it provides a space to share and gain support from others who have experienced baby loss.
For some, attending a group is not an option initially so GROW also provides support to families at home, allowing time and space for a mum to share her experience where she feels comfortable.
During the event at Rotherham Hospital, bereavement midwifes, GROW workers and Footprints representatives were on hand to give advice and to talk about the work the service carries out. The event also helped to raise over £350 for the Venus Appeal, which is Rotherham Hospital Charity’s appeal to support women’s health.
Joanna Jones, Operational Manager, from GROW commented: “We have had lots of people stop by to talk to us about their own or someone they knows experience of baby loss. The service is open to all including grandparents, aunts, uncles or anyone at all who has experienced baby loss. We are here to provide a listening ear.”
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