I became a Midwife aged 24. Newly qualified I looked forward to my role and the challenges this would bring. Never one to shy away from a challenge I would often volunteer to care for cases which offered me new opportunities and test my ability as a midwife.
Bereavement care was one of these challenges. As a Midwife, I didn’t want to be afraid of caring for parents at the most difficult time of their life. I wanted to be the person who could help and guide parents, to offer comfort and support.
Sadly Midwives only receive one hour of bereavement training a year, so the only way to gain in confidence and experience was to continue offering to deliver this care.
Supported by close colleagues, I found a passion for the delivery of bereavement care and over my career volunteered for roles such as Bereavement Link Midwife and eventually the role I am proud to fulfil today – Bereavement Specialist Midwife.
The passion I feel for this role has not grown from a place of sadness but from a desire to offer parents a glimmer of hope and comfort at a time when they need this the most.
I want to break the taboo about baby loss and enable parents to speak of their baby proudly.
I want to prepare parents for the arrival of their baby and empower them to express their wishes about this precious time by offering information and choice.
I want to educate and support health care professionals in delivering this choice by providing regular access to bereavement training and support in which to gain in confidence.
To achieve these goals I work as part of a fantastic team of bereavement specialist midwives who too share my passion for providing effective bereavement care.
Identifying as key contacts for parents and staff, we offer immediate bereavement support, which includes birth planning, memory making, talking therapies, funeral arrangements and feedback of investigation results. We facilitate the education of staff and provide regular updates and training to enable health care professionals deliver quality bereavement care that families deserve.
“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called Passion”. Bereavement care is My Passion