Refurbished bereavement suite brings comfort to parents who experience baby loss

Thanks to the generosity of our amazing supporters, Guy’s and St Thomas’ has opened a refurbished bereavement suite for parents who experience baby loss.

Staff at the newly refurbished Butterfly Bereavement Suite
Staff at the newly refurbished Butterfly Bereavement Suite

The Butterfly Bereavement Suite at St Thomas’ Hospital is located away from the labour ward and offers families a private and comfortable space to grieve the loss of their baby.

The suite, which was funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, was designed in collaboration with bereaved families. As a result, the room feels more homely than clinical and there is sufficient space for partners to spend the night so families can be together. It now includes a foldout bed, and food storage and refreshment facilities.

It also features new butterfly themed artwork which was chosen by families who have been affected by baby loss.

Zahra Famili, specialist bereavement midwife, said: “We are delighted to open our refurbished Butterfly Bereavement Suite. The facility provides support to families suffering the devastation and trauma of baby loss. It’s separate from our labour ward so parents can grieve in private without having to see families with new babies.

“The room also contains bereavement items such as a memory box for parents to make special keepsakes and spend precious time with their babies. The feedback from families has been very positive. The room has provided them with comfort during a very difficult time.”

Staff at the newly refurbished Butterfly Bereavement Suite
Staff at the newly refurbished Butterfly Bereavement Suite

Nina Khazaezadeh, interim head of midwifery at Guy's and St Thomas’, said: "Losing a baby during pregnancy or birth is a great tragedy and puts an enormous stress on parents. Dedicated professional care is critical to support bereaved parents and we are delighted to be able to offer support to parents through our maternity bereavement team and refurbished Butterfly Bereavement Suite.”

Kate Brintworth, NHS England and NHS Improvement Regional Chief Midwife for London, said: "The care that families receive at a time of loss is so important and needs to be specialised and sensitive to support them kindly and carefully. I am so pleased to see Guy's and St Thomas’ has opened this bereavement suite to ensure that families experiencing the pain and trauma of loss get the care that they really need."

Your donations are helping to bring comfort to people at the most traumatic times in their lives. Thank you.